Definition of epizoic in English:

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epizoic

Pronunciation: /ˌepiˈzōik/

adjective

Biology
(Of a plant or animal) growing or living nonparasitically on the exterior of a living animal.
Example sentences
  • In marine systems, where soft sediment bottoms are common, hard substrates represent islands, supporting a variety of obligate epiphytic and epizoic taxa (encrusters).
  • Long-stalked glandular hairs of outer and inner involucral bracts of Sigesbeckia jorullensis, which are important for epizoic fruit propagation, were investigated using light and scanning electron microscopy.

Derivatives

epizoite

Pronunciation: /ˌepiˈzō-īt/
noun
Example sentences
  • Gray whales are heavily infested with ectoparasites and epizoites including the host-specific barnacle, Cryptolepas rhachianecti, and three species of whale louse - Cyamus scammoni, C. ceti and C. kessleri.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from epi- 'upon' + Greek zōion 'animal' + -ic.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ep·i·zo·ic

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