parasitic

  • 1Parasitic — 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

  • 2parasitic — 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

  • 3parasitic — (adj.) 1620s, from L. parasiticus, from Gk. parasitikos, from parasitos (see PARASITE (Cf. parasite)). Biological sense is from 1731 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4parasitic — ► 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

  • 5parasitic — [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

  • 6parasitic — [[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… …

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  • 7parasitic — 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

  • 8parasitic — 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

  • 9parasitic — 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

  • 10parasitic — 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

  • 11parasitic — adjective 1. relating to or caused by parasites parasitic infection • Syn: ↑parasitical • Pertains to noun: ↑parasite (for: ↑parasitical), ↑parasite …

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  • 12Parasitic — Having to do with a parasite, as in a parasitic infection; or acting like a parasite by taking nourishment from another. * * * 1. Relating to or of the nature of a parasite. 2. Denoting organisms that normally grow only in or on the living body… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 13parasitic — adjective see parasite …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14parasitic — См. parassita …

    Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • 15parasitic — parasitically, adv. parasiticalness, n. /par euh sit ik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of parasites. 2. (of diseases) due to parasites. 3. Phonet. excrescent (def. 2). Also, parasitical. [1620 30; < L parasiticus < Gk parasitikós …

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  • 16parasitic — 1. adjective a) Pertaining to a biological or symbolic parasite. b) Drawing upon another organism for sustenance. 2. noun Component of a circuit that does not show up in …

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  • 17parasitic — Synonyms and related words: abject, accompanying, accordant, agreeing, all devouring, all engulfing, associate, associated, at one with, backscratching, beggarly, bloodsucking, bone lazy, bootlicking, cadging, coacting, coactive, coadunate,&#8230; …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18parasitic — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Of or characteristic of a parasite: bloodsucking, parasitical. Slang: freeloading. See DEPENDENCE …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19parasitic — par·a sit·ic· || ‚pærÉ™ sɪtɪk(l) adj. living on or inside another organism; obtaining its livelihood from another creature …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20parasitic — adjective living as a parasite. ↘resulting from infestation by a parasite. Derivatives parasitical adjective parasitically adverb parasitism noun …

    English new terms dictionary