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autoecism

[aw-tee-siz-uh m] /ɔˈti sɪz əm/
noun, Mycology
1.
the development of the entire life cycle of a parasitic fungus on a single host or group of hosts.
Also, autecism.
Also called ametoecism.
Origin
aut- + oec- (< Greek oik-, stem of oîkos house) + -ism
Related forms
autoecious
[aw-tee-shuh s] /ɔˈti ʃəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
autoeciously, adverb
autoeciousness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for autoecious

autoecious

/ɔːˈtiːʃəs/
adjective
1.
(of parasites, esp the rust fungi) completing the entire life cycle on a single species of host Compare heteroecious
2.
(of plants, esp mosses) having male and female reproductive organs on the same plant
Derived Forms
autoecism, (sometimes US) autecism, noun
Word Origin
C19: from auto- + -oecious, from Greek oikia house
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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.
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