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We need to take a leaf out of nature's book. Any species that clones itself will eventually be attacked by a parasite, leading to an inevitable population crash.
Daniel Suarez

Meaning of "parasite" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD PARASITE

Via Latin from Greek parasitos one who lives at another's expense, from para-1 + sitos grain.
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PRONUNCIATION OF PARASITE

parasite  [ˈpærəˌsaɪt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PARASITE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Parasite is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES PARASITE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

parasite

Parasitism

Parasitism is a non-mutual symbiotic relationship between species, where one species, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host. Traditionally parasite referred primarily to organisms visible to the naked eye, or macroparasites. Parasite now includes microparasites, which are typically smaller, such as viruses and bacteria. Some examples of parasites include the plants mistletoe and cuscuta, and animals such as hookworms. Unlike predators, parasites do not kill their host, are generally much smaller than their host, and will often live in or on their host for an extended period. Both are special cases of consumer-resource interactions. Parasites show a high degree of specialization, and reproduce at a faster rate than their hosts. Classic examples of parasitism include interactions between vertebrate hosts and tapeworms, flukes, the Plasmodium species, and fleas. Parasitism differs from the parasitoid relationship because parasitoids generally kill their hosts.

Definition of parasite in the English dictionary

The first definition of parasite in the dictionary is an animal or plant that lives in or on another from which it obtains nourishment. The host does not benefit from the association and is often harmed by it. Other definition of parasite is a person who habitually lives at the expense of others; sponger. Parasite is also a sycophant.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PARASITE


anthracite
ˈænθrəˌsaɪt
athrocyte
ˈæθrəˌsaɪt
boracite
ˈbɔːrəˌsaɪt
cerusite
ˈsɪərəˌsaɪt
cerussite
ˈsɪərəˌsaɪt
dyscrasite
ˈdɪskrəˌsaɪt
ectoparasite
ˌɛktəʊˈpærəˌsaɪt
endoparasite
ˌɛndəʊˈpærəˌsaɪt
fibrocyte
ˈfaɪbrəˌsaɪt
granulocyte
ˈɡrænjʊləˌsaɪt
hepatocyte
hɪˈpætəˌsaɪt
hyperparasite
ˌhaɪpəˈpærəˌsaɪt
jarosite
ˈdʒærəˌsaɪt
leucocyte
ˈluːkəˌsaɪt
leukocyte
ˈluːkəˌsaɪt
microparasite
ˌmaɪkrəʊˈpærəˌsaɪt
microsporocyte
ˌmaɪkrəˈspɔːrəˌsaɪt
oversight
ˈəʊvəˌsaɪt
reticulocyte
rɪˈtɪkjʊləˌsaɪt
spherocyte
ˈsfɪərəˌsaɪt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PARASITE

parasitaemia
parasite drag
parasite resistance
parasitic
parasitic male
parasitic oscillation
parasitical
parasitically
parasiticalness
parasiticidal
parasiticide
parasitisation
parasitise
parasitism
parasitization
parasitize
parasitoid
parasitologic
parasitological
parasitologist

WORDS THAT END LIKE PARASITE

bastnasite
composite
construction site
exquisite
fansite
hemiparasite
heritage site
off-site
on-site
opposite
outasite
pargasite
polybasite
prerequisite
requisite
semiparasite
site
thaumasite
visite
website

Synonyms and antonyms of parasite in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PARASITE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «parasite» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of parasite

Translation of «parasite» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PARASITE

Find out the translation of parasite to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of parasite from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «parasite» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

寄生虫
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

parásito
570 millions of speakers

English

parasite
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

परजीवी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الطفيلي
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

паразит
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

parasita
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

পরজীবী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

parasite
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Parasit
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Parasit
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

寄生生物
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

기생충
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Parasit
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ký sinh trùng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒட்டுண்ணி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

परजीवी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

parazit
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

parassita
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pasożyt
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

паразит
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

parazit
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

παράσιτο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

parasiet
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

parasit
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

parasitt
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of parasite

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PARASITE»

The term «parasite» is quite widely used and occupies the 24.893 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PARASITE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about parasite

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10 QUOTES WITH «PARASITE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word parasite.
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William Banting
Yet the evil still increased, and, like the parasite of barnacles on a ship, if it did not destroy the structure, it obstructed its fair, comfortable progress in the path of life.
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Bernard Beckett
Thought, like any parasite, cannot exist without a compliant host.
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Adam Davidson
Hating Wall Street is an American tradition that dates back even to the days when Thomas Jefferson cursed that money lover Alexander Hamilton. And for centuries, the complaints about it have largely stayed the same: 'It does nothing! It creates chaos! It's a parasite that sucks hardworking Americans dry!'
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Felix Dennis
Overhead will eat you alive if not constantly viewed as a parasite to be exterminated. Never mind the bleating of those you employ. Hold out until mutiny is imminent before employing even a single additional member of staff. More startups are wrecked by overstaffing than by any other cause, bar failure to monitor cash flow.
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Joseph DeRisi
When I came to University of California, San Francisco to work on infectious disease, I looked around to different options, and malaria was particularly interesting and fascinating to me. It's amazing that after 100 years of study of this little parasite, we've not been able to effectively control it.
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Anthony Fauci
For the first time, we have the genetic sequences of all three of the players in the global malaria debacle: the parasite, the anopheles mosquito and the human. It's a very important milestone.
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Boris Johnson
It is possible to have a pretty good life and career being a leech and a parasite in the media world, gadding about from TV studio to TV studio, writing inconsequential pieces and having a good time.
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Chris Smith
Pregnancy is not a disease. The child in the womb is neither a tumor nor a parasite to be destroyed.
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Paul Stamets
Chaga is one of the weirdest mushrooms you may ever see. A fungal parasite found on birch trees, Chaga is a hardened, blackened, crusty formation that looks like a bursting tumor.
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Daniel Suarez
We need to take a leaf out of nature's book. Any species that clones itself will eventually be attacked by a parasite, leading to an inevitable population crash.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PARASITE»

Discover the use of parasite in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to parasite and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Parasite: Joyous Flashbacks Amidst a Crystal Meth Nightmare
Ultimately, Parasite is a modern-day immigrant tale, but also a cautionary, yet unapologetic, glimpse at the American crystal meth culture.
Jeff Ward, 2010
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The Art of Being a Parasite
An accessible and engaging follow-up to Combes's Parasitism, this book will be of interest to both scholars and nonspecialists in the fields of biodiversity, natural history, ecology, public health, and evolution.
Claude Combes, 2005
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Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most ...
Yet these creatures are among the world's most successful and sophisticated organisms. In Parasite Rex, Carl Zimmer deftly balances the scientific and the disgusting as he takes readers on a fantastic voyage.
Carl Zimmer, 2000
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The parasite
Influential philosopher Michel Serres’s foundational work uses fable to explore how human relations are identical to that of the parasite to the host body.
Michel Serres, 2007
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Parasite Eve
Parasite Eve was the basis of the hugely popular videogame of the same name in the U.S. and has been cinematized in Japan.
Hideaki Sena, 2008
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Malaria: Parasite Biology, Pathogenesis, and Protection
Every 30 seconds a death is caused by Malaria. This book brings together recent advances in our understanding of the basic biology, genetics and pathogenesis of malaria, to facilitate the rapid generation of new insights and interventions.
Irwin W. Sherman, 1998
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Parasite
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite -- a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation.
Mira Grant, 2013
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Parasite paradise: a manifesto for temporary architecture ...
Parasites are flexible and temporary structures, designed by artists or architects, that feed off of existing infrastructure. Parasite Paradisedocuments 23 projects that respond on their own terms to new and unforeseen demands.
Liesbeth Melis, 2003
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Handbook of Equine Parasite Control
A must-have guide for any equine veterinarian, this is a practical and concise handbook on the control of equine parasites.
Craig Reinemeyer, Martin Nielsen, 2012
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The Parasite
In The Parasite, Conan Doyle explores the relationship between an exceedingly rational professor who succumbs to the charm of a beautiful clairvoyant and mesmerist -- and soon finds himself carrying out her nefarious directives against his ...
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PARASITE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term parasite is used in the context of the following news items.
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Brain-Eating Parasite discovered in drinking water of Louisiana
While people cannot get infected with the parasite by drinking contaminated water, it does get into the human body through the nose, from ... «The Standard Daily, Jul 15»
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Breast distress: Boob superbug started eating me from the inside
... mum starts campaign after losing daughter to BRAIN-EATING parasite · 'Kissing bug' warning – killer parasite strikes while you sleep and is ... «Daily Star, Jul 15»
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The Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals announces a Brain …
According to a reliable source, the parasite was found during two separate states tests and it was also in different locations. The parasite is ... «Dispatch Times, Jul 15»
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Yurok Tribe Discovers Early Parasite Infestation in Klamath Salmon
Yurok Fisheries crews conducting routine fish disease monitoring have found that salmon in the Klamath River on the Yurok Reservation are ... «Lost Coast Outpost, Jul 15»
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Treatment failure in parasite infection tied to virus​
By Michael C. Purdy - A physician treats a Peruvian patient with a sand fly bite infected with the parasite Leishmania. New insight into the ... «HealthCanal.com, Jul 15»
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Parasite Of Power, Demise Of A 21st-Century Chinese Guru
Wang Lin had no power himself, but was instead a parasite — using his fame and bogus authority to act like a broker of the power of others. «Worldcrunch, Jul 15»
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Hitting all stages of the parasite life cycle
These should ideally provide single-dose cures and act against all stages of the parasite life cycle in order to prevent infection and transmission ... «Nature.com, Jul 15»
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Deadly fish parasite found on Klamath River fish
Deadly fish parasite found on Klamath River fish. A steelhead trout caught on a tributary of the lower Klamath River during the September 2002 ... «Eureka Times Standard, Jul 15»
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Is this the beginning of the end for malaria?
Scientists have found that the malaria parasite uses the protein 'kinase', PfPKG, to survive in the blood. When the use of the protein isn't ... «The News Hub, Jul 15»
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iPhone microscope automates parasite detection
Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA, USA; www.berkeley.edu) have developed an iPhone-based microscope ... «Vision Systems Design, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Parasite [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/parasite>. Aug 2019 ».
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