Definition of Parasitical

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

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

2. 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, Parasitic
Similar to: Dependent
Derivative terms: Parasite, Parasite

Definition of Parasitical

1. Adjective. of, pertaining to, or having the characteristics of a parasite; parasitic ¹

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Definition of Parasitical

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Parasitical

1. 1. Of the nature of a parasite; fawning for food or favors; sycophantic. "Parasitic preachers." 2. Of or pertaining to parasites; living on, or deriving nourishment from, some other living animal or plant. See Parasite, 2 & 3. Parasitic gull, Parasitic jager. See Jager. Parasit"ically, Parasit"icalness. Origin: L. Parasiticus, Gr., cf. F. Parasitique. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Parasitical

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
parasitic worm
parasitical (current term)

Literary usage of Parasitical

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

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1842)
"Observations on parasitical growths on licing animals. ... The occurrence of parasitical growths, or of organized productions, having a close analogy with ..."

2. The Natural History of Insects by James Rennie, John Obadiah Westwood (1835)
"PLANTS, ANB parasitical PLANTS FOUND ON INSECTS. History of the Gall found on the Brambles—Its parasite—History of the Cimex which attacks Flowers—History ..."

3. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin (1909)
"... by a Butterfly— Entomology — Ants—Wasp killing a Spider—parasitical Spider—Artifices of an Epeira—Gregarious Spider—Spider with an unsymmetrical Web. ..."

4. The Intellectual Observer (1867)
"THE structure and habits of parasitical plants arc so peculiar and anomalous to those of other branches of the vegetable kingdom, that they have not only ..."

5. Medical lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science by Robley Dunglison (1856)
"A parasitical plant, possessed of a strong, disagreeable smell, and a pungent taste, very durable in the mouth. It was once used as a cathartic in ..."

6. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1909)
"... by a Butterfly— Entomology —Ants—Wasp killing a Spider — parasitical Spider—Artifices of an Epeira—Gregarious Spider—Spider with an unsymmetrical Web. ..."

7. Universal Geography: Or a Description of All Parts of the World, on a New by Conrad Malte-Brun (1826)
"The Indians arc fond of the seeds, they sometimes cat them raw, when roasted they parasitical serve as a substitute for bread. ..."

8. International War, Its Causes and Its Cure by Oscar Terry Crosby (1919)
"CHAPTER XXV GENERAL CAUSES OF WAR : parasitical CAUSES OP WAR WARS may be ... The conflicts resulting from these may properly be termed " parasitical wars. ..."

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