- of, relating to, or characteristic of parasites.
- (of diseases) due to parasites.
- Phonetics. excrescent(def 2).
adj.1620s, from Latin parasiticus, from Greek parasitikos “of or pertaining to a parasite; the trade of a parasite,” from parasitos (see parasite). Biological sense is from 1731. Related: Parasitical, 1570s in reference to toadies; from 1640s in the biological sense. adj.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parasite.
- Caused by a parasite.