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Pronunciation: dom'i-sil'e-at-ed

Definition: A state of close association of an organism within human abodes or activities, such that partial domestication results, leading to the organism's dependence on continued association with the human environment; this frequently results in the domiciliated organism becoming a noxious pest, a vector, or an intermediate host of human disease.

[L. domicilium, a dwelling]

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