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  • n. The tendency of a virus or bacterium to infect a small range of hosts

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  • Found three listings of this word. Don't know how to recommend them to the list--just joined.

    From

    Wikipedia:

    1. Ecotropism or ecotropic from Eco, meaning the hearth (from which words like ecology and enonomy are derived, and "Tropic," meaning to turn towards. The basic philosophy of ecotropism and ecotropics argues that to be healthy human culture itself must inhabit an ecological niche, and thereby, relate appropriately with all the co-evolving forces, organic and inorganic. In short, human culture must turn towards the environment for a sustainable and meaningful future.

    2. Ecotropism or ecotropic indicates that a pathogen like a virus or a bacterium has a narrow host range and can infect only one or a small group of species or cell culture lines.

    From

    Green Times:

    The literal meaning of ecotropism is to turn to the Earth, creating a cultural relation with it as humans in order to have a sustainable and meaningful future.

    From

    World Lingo:

    Ecotropism

    Ecotropism or ecotropic from Eco, meaning the hearth (from which words like ecology and enonomy are derived, and "Tropic," meaning to turn towards. The basic philosophy of ecotropism and ecotropics argues that to be healthy human culture itself must inhabit an ecological niche, and thereby, relate appropriately with all the co-evolving forces, organic and inorganic. In short, human culture must turn towards the environment for a sustainable and meaningful future.

    Curiously, the scientific community has latched onto this word to formulate the exact inverse. Here Ecotropics indicates that a pathogen like a virus or a bacterium has a narrow host range and can infect only one or a small group of species or cell culture lines.

    March 10, 2011