Definition of parasitize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈperəsiˌtīz/ Pronunciation: /ˈperəsīˌtīz/


[with object]
Infest or exploit (an organism or part) as a parasite.
Example sentences
  • Entamoeba are unicellular eukaryotes that frequently parasitize vertebrate species including human.
  • The order Strepsiptera are obligate endoparasitic insects that are known to parasitize seven insect orders, including solitary and social Hymenoptera.
  • However, in great spotted cuckoos thick-shelled eggs have not evolved for the same reason because this species parasitizes large birds that do not need to puncture the parasitic egg because they can easily grasp it.



Pronunciation: /ˌparəsiˌtīˈzāSHən/ Pronunciation: /-sī-/
Example sentences
  • Multicellular organisms continually defend themselves against parasitization by potentially harmful microbes.
  • We tested the reproductive compensation hypothesis against the alternative hypothesis that parasitization depresses host resource allocation to reproduction.
  • The idea that parasitization can be reduced through song modification has found some support in the finding that female flies show a ‘preference’ for certain song types.

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Syllabification: par·a·si·tize

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