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parasitize

[ par-uh-si-tahyz, -sahy- ]
/ 藞p忙r 蓹 s瑟藢ta瑟z, -sa瑟- /
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verb (used with object), par路a路si路tized, par路a路si路tiz路ing.
to live on (a host) as a parasite.
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Also especially British, par路a路si路tise .

Origin of parasitize

First recorded in 1885鈥90; parasite + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM parasitize

un路par路a路si路tized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for parasitize

parasitize

parasitise

/ (藞p忙r蓹s瑟藢ta瑟z, -sa瑟-) /

verb (tr)
to infest or infect with parasites
to live on (another organism) as a parasite
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Medical definitions for parasitize

parasitize
[ p膬r蓹-s沫-t墨z鈥, -s墨- ]

v.
To live on or in a host as a parasite.
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