intermediate host
noun Date: 1878 1. a host which is normally used by a parasite in the course of its life cycle and in which it may multiply asexually but not sexually — compare definitive host 2. a. reservoir 3 b. vector

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  • intermediate host — noun a host that is used by a parasite in the course of its life cycle • Hypernyms: ↑host …   Useful english dictionary

  • intermediate host — Biol. the host in which a parasite undergoes development but does not reach sexual maturity. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

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