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intermediate host

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Definition of intermediate host in English:

noun

Biology
An organism that supports the immature or non-reproductive forms of a parasite. Compare with definitive host.
Example sentences
  • 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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