parasitic

[par-uh-sit-ik]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of parasites.
2.
(of diseases) due to parasites.
3.
Phonetics, excrescent ( def 2 ).
Also, parasitical.


Origin:
1620–30; < Latin parasīticus < Greek parasītikós. See parasite, -ic

parasitically, adverb
parasiticalness, noun
antiparasitic, noun, adjective
antiparasitical, adjective
antiparasitically, adverb
nonparasitic, adjective
nonparasitical, adjective
nonparasitically, adverb
pseudoparasitic, adjective
unparasitic, adjective
unparasitical, adjective
unparasitically, adverb
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parasite (ˈpærəˌsaɪt)
 
n
1.  an animal or plant that lives in or on another (the host) from which it obtains nourishment. The host does not benefit from the association and is often harmed by it
2.  a person who habitually lives at the expense of others; sponger
3.  (formerly) a sycophant
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek parasitos one who lives at another's expense, from para-1 + sitos grain]
 
parasitic
 
adj
 
para'sitical
 
adj
 
para'sitically
 
adv

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parasitic par·a·sit·ic (pār'ə-sĭt'ĭk) or par·a·sit·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parasite.

  2. Caused by a parasite.

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And for parasitical bloodsuckers, they do remarkably little harm.
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