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WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the relation between two different kinds of organisms in which one receives benefits from the other by causing damage to it (usually not fatal damage)

PARASITISM is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: interdependence, interdependency, mutuality



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Par"a*si`tism\, n. [Cf. F. parasitisme.]
1. The state or behavior of a parasite; the act of a
   parasite. ``Court parasitism.'' --Milton.

2. (Bot. & Zo["o]l.)The state of being parasitic.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A type of symbiosis where two (or more) organisms from different species live in close proximity to one another, in which one member depends on another for its nutrients, protection, and/or other life functions. The dependent member (the parasite) benefits from the relationship while the other one (the host) is harmed by it.
 Definition: The closee association of two or more dissimilar organisms where the association is harmful to at least one. See Commensalism, Parasitism, Symbiosis
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