parasitology

parasitology

[par-uh-sahy-tol-uh-jee, -si-]
noun
the branch of biology dealing with parasites and the effects of parasitism.

Origin:
1880–85; parasite + -o- + -logy

parasitological [par-uh-sahyt-l-oj-i-kuhl] , adjective
parasitologist, noun
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parasitology (ˌpærəsaɪˈtɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
the branch of biology that is concerned with the study of parasites
 
parasitological
 
adj
 
parasit'ologist
 
n

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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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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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