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phoresis

Pronunciation: fo-re'sis

Definition: A biologic association in which one organism is transported by another, as in the attachment of the eggs of Dermatobia hominis, a human and cattle botfly, to the legs of a mosquito, which transports them to the human, cattle, or other host in which the botfly larvae can develop.

Synonym(s): electrophoresis

Synonym(s): epizoic commensalism, phoresy

[G. phoresis, a being borne]

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