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Medical Term:

inquiline

Pronunciation: in'kwi-lin, -lin

Definition

An animal that lives habitually in the abode of some other species (an oyster crab within the shell of an oyster) causing little or no inconvenience to the host.

[L. inquilinus, an inhabitant of a place that is not his own, fr. in, in, + colo, to inhabit]

See Also: commensal

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