Skip to Content

parasite

Pronunciation: par'a-sit

Definition:

  1. An organism that lives on or in another and draws its nourishment therefrom.
  2. In the case of a fetal inclusion or conjoined twins, the usually incomplete twin that derives its support from the more nearly normal autosite.

[G. parasitos, a guest, fr. para, beside, + sitos, food]

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

© Copyright 2018 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review date: Sep 19, 2016.

Hide