Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parasite.
  • adj. Caused by a parasite: parasitic diseases.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to a biological or symbolic parasite.
  • adj. Drawing upon another organism for sustenance.
  • adj. Exploiting another for personal gain.
  • n. Component of a circuit that does not show up in a circuit's schematic but does show up in the circuit's behavior.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of a parasite; having the habits of a parasite; fawning for food or favors; sycophantic.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to parasites; living on, or deriving nourishment from, some other living animal or plant. See Parasite, 2 & 3.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of a parasite; fawning for bread or favors; meanly dependent; acting the sycophant; like a parasite in any way; of things, secondary; subordinated to or arising from another thing of the same kind.
  • Specifically In zoology and botany, living or growing as a parasite; pertaining to or characteristic of parasites. See cut under Orobanche.
  • In philology, attached to a word erroneously or by false analogy: thus, d in vulgar drownd, t in margent, etc., are parasitic.
  • In ornithology, applied to birds which place their eggs in the nests of other birds.
  • Having the characters of the Parasitica.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or pertaining to epenthesis
  • adj. of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another
  • adj. relating to or caused by parasites

Etymologies

parasite +‎ -ic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term parasitic grid or parasitic network appears to originate from a single British Telecomm (BT) researcher named Peter Cochrane.

    Wi-Fi Networking News

  • This particular type was what we call a parasitic set of twins -- like any parasite, where one being is living off of the other.

    CNN Transcript Nov 7, 2007

  • This kind of completeness is rare in parasitic twins, especially among fetus in fetu, which tend not to be "alive" in the sense we think of, but rather a sort of growth in human form.

    How Twins Go Bad

  • Even allowing for Behe's misunderstanding concerning the evolution of drug resistance in parasitic Plasmodia, you've been exposed to this subject long enough to know that evolutionary theory does not predict that every possible trait will evolve, or how long it might take to evolve.

    Behe: ID rescues Common Descent

  • Zachriel: Even allowing for Behe's misunderstanding concerning the evolution of drug resistance in parasitic Plasmodia, you've been exposed to this subject long enough to know that evolutionary theory does not predict that every possible trait will evolve, or how long it might take to evolve.

    Behe: ID rescues Common Descent

  • I find her use of Twitter to express this interesting, especially since she herself in an earlier comment said she used the word parasitic because of the character limit of Twitter.

    Community Is Hard. Deal With It.

  • If we allow that some games do not economically prosper from certain research that has no utility to them, we can see why I used the word parasitic - the effort of assisting that research would be an expense to the company with no corresponding benefit to it.

    Academic Instincts and Virtual World Studies

  • “A psychopath is playing a short-term parasitic game.”

    Corporate psychopathy | Letter Never Sent

  • In autumn 1948 we had the visit of Professor W.H. Thorpe of Cambridge who had demonstrated true imprinting in parasitic wasps and was interested in our work.

    Konrad Lorenz - Autobiography

  • The rapidity of creation and distribution of these new varieties has already diversified the type of resistance to diseases and therefore minimizes the menace of destructive disease epidemics if and when changes occur in parasitic races of the pathogens.

    Norman Borlaug - Nobel Lecture

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