an external parasite (opposed to endoparasite ).

1860–65; ecto- + parasite

ectoparasitic [ek-toh-par-uh-sit-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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ectoparasite (ˌɛktəʊˈpærəˌsaɪt)
Also called: exoparasite a parasite, such as the flea, that lives on the outer surface of its host

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ectoparasite ec·to·par·a·site (ěk'tə-pār'ə-sīt')
A parasite that lives on the surface or exterior of the host organism, such as an ectophyte or an ectozoon.

ec'to·par'a·sit'ic (-sĭt'ĭk) adj.
ec'to·par'a·sit·ism (-sĭ-tĭz'əm, -sī-) n.
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ectoparasite   (ěk'tə-pār'ə-sīt')  Pronunciation Key 
See under parasite.
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Example sentences
Human fine body hair enhances ectoparasite detection.
Ectoparasite infestations are to be treated by health care staff on an individual basis promptly and thoroughly.
The mosquito, if it sucks the blood of an organism would by this definition be considered an ectoparasite.
The vector is thought to be an ectoparasite of flying squirrels, probably a louse or flea.
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