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[ek-toh-par-uh-sahyt] /ˌɛk toʊˈpær əˌsaɪt/

an external (opposed to ).
a parasite, such as the flea, that lives on the outer surface of its host Also called exoparasite

ectoparasite ec·to·par·a·site (ěk’tə-pār’ə-sīt’)
A parasite that lives on the surface or exterior of the host organism, such as an ectophyte or an ectozoon.
ec’to·par’a·sit’ic (-sĭt’ĭk) adj.
ec’to·par’a·sit·ism (-sĭ-tĭz’əm, -sī-) n.
See under parasite.


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