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ectoparasite

Syllabification: ec·to·par·a·site
Pronunciation: /ˌektəˈperəsīt
 
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Definition of ectoparasite in English:

noun

Biology
A parasite, such as a flea, that lives on the outside of its host. Compare with endoparasite.
Example sentences
  • Several ectoparasite species often infect the same nest, and host responses against one parasite could affect the fitness of other ectoparasites and modify ectoparasite communities.
  • We measured various indicators of male health and condition, including the intensity of infection from ectoparasites and blood parasites.
  • Fifth, we test for correlations between ectoparasites and blood parasites.

Derivatives

ectoparasitic

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Pronunciation: /-ˌparəˈsitik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Nesting cavities of birds and mammals host a distinctive and varied ectoparasitic fauna where the nest material provides the key microhabitat in which free-ranging ectoparasites find refuge and reproduce.
  • Sea lice are ectoparasitic marine crustacea which eat the membrane, skin and blood of their host.
  • In the present study, we measure infection of the ectoparasitic louse, Myrsidea ptilonorhynchi, in individual male satin bowerbirds both as juveniles and nine or more years later as adults.

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