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parasitic

[par-uh-sit-ik] /ˌpær əˈsɪt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of parasites.
2.
(of diseases) due to parasites.
3.
Phonetics, excrescent (def 2).
Also, parasitical.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin parasīticus < Greek parasītikós. See parasite, -ic
Related forms
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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Word Origin and History for unparasitical

parasitic

adj.

1620s, from Latin parasiticus, from Greek parasitikos "of or pertaining to a parasite; the trade of a parasite," from parasitos (see parasite). Biological sense is from 1731. Related: Parasitical, 1570s in reference to toadies; from 1640s in the biological sense.

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unparasitical in Medicine

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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