Definition of intermediate host in English:

intermediate host

Syllabification: in·ter·me·di·ate host


  • An organism that supports the immature or nonreproductive forms of a parasite. Compare with definitive host.
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    • This is because snails are the intermediate host to the parasite, which is released into shallow water, and then infects ducks and people.
    • That the mosquito was the intermediate host of the filarial parasite was a momentous discovery in 1877.
    • Their life cycles depend on domesticated cattle and swine as intermediate hosts.

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