intermediate host

noun Biology.
the host in which a parasite undergoes development but does not reach sexual maturity.

Origin:
1875–80

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intermediate host
 
n
an animal that acts as host to a parasite that has not yet become sexually mature

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

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intermediate host   (ĭn'tər-mē'dē-ĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
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The trouble is, its intermediate host is an ant, and sheep aren't generally known for their hunger for ants.
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