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Definitive host

Definition
noun
(parasitology) The host at which the parasite spends its final developmental stage, and reaches its mature form
Supplement
The definitive host refers to the organism wherein the parasite reaches its mature form. Thus, the parasite at this stage is typically capable of reproduction.
For example, human tapeworm makes use of human as its definitive host.
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Compare:

  • intermediate host
  • See also:

    • host

    Mentioned in:

  • Loa loa
  • Scolex


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