ectocommensal
a commensal that lives on the surface of the host

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • ectocommensal — [ek΄tə kə men′səl] n. a commensal living on the outer surface of the host organism …   English World dictionary

  • ectocommensal — ectocommensalism, ectocommensality /ek toh kom en sal i tee/, n. ectocommensally, adv. /ek toh keuh men seuhl/, adj. 1. Biol. (of an organism) living in a commensal relationship on the exterior of another organism. n. 2. an ectocommensal organism …   Universalium

  • ectocommensal — ec·to·com·men·sal kə men(t) səl adj living as a commensal on the body surface of another <ectocommensal protozoans> * * * ec·to·com·men·sal (ek″to kə menґsəl) a commensal organism that lives outside the body of its symbiotic …   Medical dictionary

  • ectocommensal — |ek(ˌ)tō+ noun Etymology: ect + commensal : an organism that lives as a commensal on the surface of the body of another organism * * * ectocommensalism, ectocommensality /ek toh kom en sal i tee/, n. ectocommensally, adv. /ek toh keuh men seuhl/ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ectocommensal — n. [Gr. ektos, outside; L. cum, together; mensa, table] A commensal symbiont that lives on the outer surface of its host …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • ectocommensal — noun A commensal organism that lives on the surface of another organism …   Wiktionary

  • ectocommensal — ec·to·commensal …   English syllables

  • Trichodina — is a genus of ciliate protists that is ectocommensal or parasitic on aquatic animals, particularly fish. They are characterised by the presence of a ring of interlocking cytoskeletal denitcles, which provide support for the cell and allow for… …   Wikipedia

  • flatworm — /flat werrm /, n. any worm of the phylum Platyhelminthes, having bilateral symmetry and a soft, solid, usually flattened body, including the planarians, tapeworms, and trematodes; platyhelminth. [1895 1900; FLAT1 + WORM] * * * or platyhelminth… …   Universalium

  • cirripede — ▪ crustacean Introduction       any of the marine crustaceans of the infraclass Cirripedia (subphylum Crustacea). The best known are the barnacles. Adult cirripedes other than barnacles are internal parasites of marine invertebrates such as crabs …   Universalium

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