autoecism or au·te·cism [aw-tee-siz-uh m] WORD ORIGIN noun Mycology. the development of the entire life cycle of a parasitic fungus on a single host or group of hosts. Liberaldictionary.com
Origin of autoecism aut- + oec- (Greek oik-, stem of oîkos house) + -ism Also called ametoecism. Related formsau·toe·cious [aw-tee-shuh s] /ɔˈti ʃəs/, adjectiveau·toe·cious·ly, adverbau·toe·cious·ness, noun Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for autoecious autoecious sometimes US autecious adjective (of parasites, esp the rust fungi) completing the entire life cycle on a single species of hostCompare heteroecious (of plants, esp mosses) having male and female reproductive organs on the same plant Derived Formsautoecism or sometimes US autecism, nounWord Origin for autoecious C19: from auto- + -oecious, from Greek oikia house Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 autoecious in Science autoecious [ô-tē′shəs] Relating to a parasite that spends all its life on a single host. The term is used especially of certain types of rust fungi, but can also be applied to other parasites, such as aphids. Compare heteroecious. The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.