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epizoic Syllabification: ep·i·zo·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌepiˈzōik/

Definition of epizoic in English:

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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

epizoite

1
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.

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