parasitoidism

[ par-uh-si-toi-diz-uh m, -sahy- ]
/ ˈpær ə sɪ tɔɪˌdɪz əm, -saɪ- /

noun

the feeding by certain insect larvae on host tissues such that the host remains alive until larval development is complete and then usually dies.

Nearby words

  1. parasiticide,
  2. parasitism,
  3. parasitize,
  4. parasitogenic,
  5. parasitoid,
  6. parasitology,
  7. parasitosis,
  8. parasitotropism,
  9. paraskiing,
  10. parasol

Origin of parasitoidism


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