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intermediate host

noun, Biology
1.
the host in which a parasite undergoes development but does not reach sexual maturity.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • The trouble is, its intermediate host is an ant, and sheep aren't generally known for their hunger for ants.
British Dictionary definitions for intermediate host

intermediate host

noun
1.
an animal that acts as host to a parasite that has not yet become sexually mature
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intermediate host in Medicine

intermediate host n.
A host in which a parasite goes through its larval or developmental stages.

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intermediate host in Science
intermediate host
  (ĭn'tər-mē'dē-ĭt)   
See under host.
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