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parasitology

[par-uh-sahy-tol-uh-jee, -si-] /ˌpær ə saɪˈtɒl ə dʒi, -sɪ-/
noun
1.
the branch of biology dealing with parasites and the effects of parasitism.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; parasite + -o- + -logy
Related forms
parasitological
[par-uh-sahyt-l-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌpær əˌsaɪt lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
parasitologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for para sitology

parasitology

/ˌpærəsaɪˈtɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the branch of biology that is concerned with the study of parasites
Derived Forms
parasitological (ˌpærəˌsaɪtəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
parasitologist, noun
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para sitology in Medicine

parasitology par·a·si·tol·o·gy (pār'ə-sĭ-tŏl'ə-jē, -sī-)
n.
The study of parasites and parasitism.


par'a·si'to·log'ic (-sī'tə-lŏj'ĭk) or par'a·si'to·log'i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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Encyclopedia Article for para sitology

parasitology

the study of animal and plant parasitism as a biological phenomenon. Parasites occur in virtually all major animal groups and in many plant groups, with hosts as varied as the parasites themselves. Many parasitologists are concerned primarily with particular taxonomic groups and should perhaps be considered students of those groups, rather than parasitologists per se; others are interested in parasitism as an evolutionary phenomenon and work with a number of taxonomic groups. The science has a number of branches (e.g., veterinary, medical, or agricultural parasitology).

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