[ par-uh-sahy-tol-uh-jee, -si- ]
/ ˌpær ə saɪˈtɒl ə dʒi, -sɪ- /


the branch of biology dealing with parasites and the effects of parasitism.

Nearby words

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

Origin of parasitology

First recorded in 1880–85; parasite + -o- + -logy

Related formspar·a·si·to·log·i·cal [par-uh-sahyt-l-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌpær əˌsaɪt lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivepar·a·si·tol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parasitology

  • Kennon leaned back from the microscope and studied the illustrations in the parasitology text.

    The Lani People|J. F. Bone
  • Handbook on the parasitology of man together with a treatise on the vectors of transmissible diseases.

  • One of them, Dr. Chagas, a Brazilian, is well known in the world of science for his studies in bacteriology and parasitology.

    South America To-day|Georges Clemenceau
  • You—or rather, Jay Allison is a specialist in Darkovan parasitology, as well as a very competent surgeon.

    The Planet Savers|Marion Zimmer Bradley

British Dictionary definitions for parasitology


/ (ˌpærəsaɪˈtɒlədʒɪ) /


the branch of biology that is concerned with the study of parasites
Derived Formsparasitological (ˌpærəˌsaɪtəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveparasitologist, noun

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Medicine definitions for parasitology


[ păr′ə-sĭ-tŏlə-jē, -sī- ]


The study of parasites and parasitism.
Related formspar′a•si′to•logic (-sī′tə-lŏjĭk) null adj.

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