Synonyms for parasitic

Grammar : Adj
Spell : par-uh-sit-ik
Phonetic Transcription : ˌpær əˈsɪt ɪk

Définition of parasitic

Origin :
  • 1620s, from Latin parasiticus, from Greek parasitikos "of or pertaining to a parasite; the trade of a parasite," from parasitos (see parasite). Biological sense is from 1731. Related: Parasitical, 1570s in reference to toadies; from 1640s in the biological sense.
  • adj like a parasite
Example sentences :
  • It is not alone the parasitic and predaceous insects which are beneficial.
  • Extract from : « Little Masterpieces of Science: » by Various
  • Only five generations have brought us to the parasitic, town-ridden condition we are in.
  • Extract from : « Another Sheaf » by John Galsworthy
  • Like some parasitic growth she was taking her strength from him.
  • Extract from : « The Man Who Wins » by Robert Herrick
  • Thousands of insects are carried off yearly by parasitic fungi.
  • Extract from : « Our Common Insects » by Alpheus Spring Packard
  • This malady was propagated annually by the parasitic spores.
  • Extract from : « Fragments of science, V. 1-2 » by John Tyndall
  • It is admitted on all hands that some diseases are the product of parasitic growth.
  • Extract from : « Fragments of science, V. 1-2 » by John Tyndall
  • They are too parasitic--the one willing servant class of the world.
  • Extract from : « This Simian World » by Clarence Day
  • The plant, it is stated, was affected by a parasitic fungus.
  • Extract from : « Vegetable Teratology » by Maxwell T. Masters
  • Are we so very sure that parasitic habits come from a love of inaction?
  • Extract from : « The Mason-bees » by J. Henri Fabre
  • Places, if not parasitic upon her, at least were mere settings and backgrounds.
  • Extract from : « The Third Window » by Anne Douglas Sedgwick

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