parasitism

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Etymology[edit]

From French parasitisme. Surface etymology is parasite +‎ -ism.

Noun[edit]

parasitism (usually uncountable, plural parasitisms)

  1. (ecology) Interaction between two organisms, in which one organism (the parasite) benefits and the other (the host) is harmed.
  2. (figuratively) A similar interaction between people.
    We accused her of parasitism in taking his hard-earned money for new dresses.

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