[par-uh-sit-ik] /ˌpær əˈsɪt ɪk/
of, relating to, or characteristic of .
(of diseases) due to .
Phonetics. (def 2).
1620s, from Latin parasiticus, from Greek parasitikos “of or pertaining to a parasite; the trade of a parasite,” from parasitos (see parasite). Biological sense is from 1731. Related: Parasitical, 1570s in reference to toadies; from 1640s in the biological sense.
parasitic par·a·sit·ic (pār’ə-sĭt’ĭk) or par·a·sit·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
[par-uh-sahy-tiz-uh m, -si-] /ˈpær ə saɪˌtɪz əm, -sɪ-/ noun 1. Biology. a relation between organisms in which one lives as a parasite on another. 2. a parasitic mode of life or existence. 3. Pathology. a diseased condition due to parasites. 4. /ˈpærəsaɪˌtɪzəm/ noun 1. the relationship between a parasite and its host 2. the state […]
[non-puh-rel] /ˌnɒn pəˈrɛl/ adjective 1. having no equal; peerless. noun 2. a person or thing having no equal. 3. a small pellet of colored sugar for decorating candy, cake, and cookies. 4. a flat, round, bite-sized piece of chocolate covered with this sugar. 5. . 6. Printing. /ˈnɒnpərəl; ˌnɒnpəˈreɪl/ noun 1. a person or thing […]
[pair-uh nt, par-] /ˈpɛər ənt, ˈpær-/ noun 1. a father or a mother. 2. an ancestor, precursor, or progenitor. 3. a source, origin, or cause. 4. a protector or guardian. 5. Biology. any organism that produces or generates another. 6. Physics. the first nuclide in a radioactive series. adjective 7. being the original source: a […]
[puh-ren-tl] /pəˈrɛn tl/ adjective 1. of or relating to a . 2. proper to or characteristic of a : parental feelings. 3. having the relation of a . 4. Genetics. pertaining to the sequence of generations preceding the filial generation, each generation being designated by a P followed by a subscript number indicating its place […]