from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A parasite, such as a flea, that lives on the exterior of another organism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An external parasite; a parasite living upon the exterior of the host, as distinguished from an endoparasite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any parasite which lives on the exterior of animals; -- opposed to endoparasite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A parasite that lives on the surface of a host organism; such as the demodex mite which lives in human hair and eyelashes.

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

  • noun any external parasitic organism (as fleas)


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