Definition of Parasite:

  1. An organism that lives in or on an organism of another species (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the others expense.

  2. A person who habitually relies on or exploits others and gives nothing in return.

  3. Organism obtaining nourishment from or living one another organism (the host) for survival and usually harming it and causing disease. Some parasites are independent and some depend entirely on their hosts and separate only when either one of them dies. Human parasites include bacteria, fungi, lice, viruses, and worms. See also symbiosis.

Synonyms of Parasite

Adherent, Algae, Appendage, Attendance, Attendant, Autophyte, Barnacle, Bean, Beat, Bedbug, Beggar, Bloodsucker, Body of retainers, Bracken, Brown algae, Buff, Bummer, Cadger, Cat flea, Cavaliere servente, Chigoe, Climber, Cockroach, Cohort, Conferva, Confervoid, Cortege, Coupon clippers, Court, Courtier, Crab, Creeper, Dangler, Deadbeat, Dependent, Diatom, Disciple, Dog flea, Drone, Entourage, Fan, Fern, Flea, Flunky, Follower, Following, Freeloader, Fruits and vegetables, Fucus, Fungus, Grapevine, Grayback, Green algae, Gulfweed, Hanger-on, Henchman, Herb, Heterophyte, Homme de cour, Hyena, Idle rich, Idler, Ivy, Jackal, Jigger, Kelp, Laze, Leech, Legume, Leisure class, Lentil, Liana, Lichen, Liverwort, Lounge lizard, Louse, Lumpen proletariat, Mendicant, Mite, Mold, Moocher, Mosquito, Moss, Mushroom, Nit, Nonworker, Panhandler, Parasitic plant, Parasitize, Partisan, Pea, Perthophyte, Phytoplankton, Planktonic algae, Plant families, Public, Puffball, Pulse, Pursuer, Pursuivant, Red algae, Red bug, Rentiers, Retinue, Roach, Rockweed, Rout, Rust, Sand flea, Saprophyte, Sargasso, Sargassum, Satellite, Scrounge, Scrounger, Sea lentil, Sea moss, Sea wrack, Seaweed, Sectary, Shadow, Smell-feast, Smut, Spiv, Sponge, Sponger, Stooge, Successor, Succulent, Sucker, Suite, Supporter, Tagtail, Tail, The unemployable, The unemployed, Tick, Toadstool, Train, Trainbearer, Vermin, Vetch, Vine, Votary, Ward heeler, Weevil, Wood tick, Wort, Wrack, Hanger-on, Cadger, Leech, Passenger, Drone

How to use Parasite in a sentence?

  1. There are many parasite s that can infect a person and the tv show The Monster Inside Me does a good job of showcasing some of the more obscure ones.
  2. When the parasite attached itself to the host, it reduced its quality of life by means of infections and disease, relying completely on the host for all of its nourishment.
  3. The parasite attaches itself to the mouths of fishes.
  4. Bob was seen as the office parasite because he would wait outside of conference rooms where lunch was being served to get food for himself when the meeting were over.

Meaning of Parasite & Parasite Definition