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PARASITIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does parasitic mean? 

PARASITIC (adjective)
  The adjective PARASITIC has 3 senses:

1. relating to or caused by parasites
2. of or pertaining to epenthesis
3. of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another

  Familiarity information: PARASITIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PARASITIC (adjective)


Sense 1parasitic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or caused by parasites

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

parasitic; parasitical

Context example:

parasitic infection

Pertainym:

parasite (an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host)


Sense 2parasitic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or pertaining to epenthesis

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

epenthetic; parasitic

Pertainym:

epenthesis (the insertion of a vowel or consonant into a word to make its pronunciation easier)


Sense 3parasitic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another

Synonyms:

leechlike; bloodsucking; parasitical; parasitic

Context examples:

a wealthy class parasitic upon the labor of the masses / parasitic vines that strangle the trees / bloodsucking blackmailer / his indolent leechlike existence

Similar:

dependent (not independent)


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