suscept

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably by backformation from susceptible.

Noun[edit]

suscept (plural suscepts)

  1. (biology) A species which is capable of being infected or parasitized by another species.
    As is self-evident given its name, humanity is a suscept for HIV.

Usage notes[edit]

Suscept is used only to refer to a species as a whole, but not to individual organisms that have been infected or parasitised. The term host is used to describe either the species as a whole or specific organism that has been infected or parasitized.