parasitical









parasitical


adjective

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of parasites.
  2. (of diseases) due to parasites.
  3. 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.

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parasite.
  2. Caused by a parasite.

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