Definition of Parasitic

1. Adjective. Relating to or caused by parasites. "Parasitic infection"

Exact synonyms: Parasitical
Partainyms: Parasite, Parasite
Derivative terms: Parasite, Parasite

2. Adjective. Of or pertaining to epenthesis.
Exact synonyms: Epenthetic
Partainyms: Epenthesis, Epenthesis

3. Adjective. Of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another. "His indolent leechlike existence"
Exact synonyms: Bloodsucking, Leechlike, Parasitical
Similar to: Dependent
Derivative terms: Parasite, Parasite

Definition of Parasitic

1. a. Of the nature of a parasite; fawning for food or favors; sycophantic.

Definition of Parasitic

1. Adjective. Pertaining to a biological or symbolic parasite. ¹

2. Adjective. Drawing upon another organism for sustenance. ¹

3. Adjective. Exploiting another for personal gain. ¹

4. Noun. (computing) Component of a circuit that does not show up in a circuit's schematic but does show up in the circuit's behavior. ¹

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Definition of Parasitic

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Parasitic

1. Pertaining to, of the nature of or caused by a parasite. Origin: Gr. Parasitikos This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Parasitic

parasinoidal sinuses
parasite-host ecosystem
parasite yew
parasitic (current term)
parasitic cyst
parasitic disease
parasitic diseases
parasitic eosinophilic lung disease
parasitic granuloma
parasitic haemoptysis
parasitic infection
parasitic jaeger
parasitic leiomyoma
parasitic melanoderma
parasitic otitis
parasitic plant
parasitic thyroiditis

Literary usage of Parasitic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Accompanying the assumption of the parasitic habit comes the striking degeneracy of organs connected with the active life and the development merely of the ..."

2. Fresh-water Biology by Henry Baldwin Ward, George Chandler Whipple (1918)
"CHAPTER Xin parasitic FLATWORMS BY HENRY B. WARD Professor of Zoology in Ike University of Illinois THE parasitic worms do not all belong to a single ..."

3. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1901)
"parasitic INFUSORIA. Several flagellates have been found parasitic in man. ... Among the parasitic Ciliata may be mentioned the Balantidium coli, ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"Although most beetles live on decaying animal or vegetable matter, a large number are parasitic in the adult or larval condition on animals or plants. ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The free-living differ from the majority of the parasitic forms in undergoing no metamorphosis ; they also possess certain structural peculiarities which ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"While the majority of the Nematodes are parasites, there are many that arc never at any period of their life parasitic. These free-living forms are found ..."

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