parasitic
adjective see parasite

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Parasitic — Par a*sit ic (p[a^]r [.a]*s[i^]t [i^]k), Parasitical Par a*sit ic*al (p[a^]r [.a]*s[i^]t [i^]*kal), a. [L. parasiticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. parasitique.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of the nature of a parasite; having the habits of a parasite; fawning for food… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parasitic — parasitic, parasitical Both forms are in use as adjectives derived from parasite (normally in its figurative meaning): • This parasitic castle life had left my funds comparatively intact Patrick Leigh Fermor, 1986 • I am keen on police checks on… …   Modern English usage

  • parasitic — (adj.) 1620s, from L. parasiticus, from Gk. parasitikos, from parasitos (see PARASITE (Cf. parasite)). Biological sense is from 1731 …   Etymology dictionary

  • parasitic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of an organism) living as a parasite. 2) resulting from infestation by a parasite. 3) derogatory habitually relying on or exploiting others. DERIVATIVES parasitical adjective parasitically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • parasitic — [par΄ə sit′ik] adj. [L parasiticus < Gr parasitikos] 1. of or like a parasite; living at the expense of others 2. caused by parasites, as a disease 3. of or designating a subsidiary volcano, crater, etc. that forms on the side of another one:… …   English World dictionary

  • parasitic — [[t]pæ̱rəsɪ̱tɪk[/t]] also parasitical 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Parasitic diseases are caused by parasites. Will global warming mean the spread of tropical parasitic diseases? 2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Parasitic animals and plants live on or inside larger… …   English dictionary

  • parasitic — par|a|sit|ic [ˌpærəˈsıtık] adj also par|a|sit|i|cal [ ˈsıtıkəl] 1.) living in or on another plant or animal and getting food from them ▪ parasitic fungi 2.) a parasitic person is lazy, does no work, and depends on other people 3.) a parasitic… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • parasitic — par|a|sit|ic [ ,perə sıtık ] adjective 1. ) a parasitic plant or animal lives in or on another type of plant or animal and feeds on it 2. ) a parasitic disease is caused by parasites living inside your body 3. ) a parasitic person lives by… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • parasitic — also parasitical adjective 1 living in or on another plant or animal and getting food from them: parasitic fungi 2 a parasitic person is lazy, does no work, and depends on other people 3 a parasitic disease is caused by parasites parasitically /… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • parasitic — UK [ˌpærəˈsɪtɪk] / US [ˌperəˈsɪtɪk] adjective 1) biology a parasitic plant or animal lives in or on another type of plant or animal and feeds on it 2) medical a parasitic disease is caused by parasites living inside your body 3) a parasitic… …   English dictionary

  • parasitic — adjective 1. relating to or caused by parasites parasitic infection • Syn: ↑parasitical • Pertains to noun: ↑parasite (for: ↑parasitical), ↑parasite …   Useful english dictionary

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