A parasite that lives on the surface of the host body.

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ec·to·par·a·site .ek-tō-'par-ə-.sīt n a parasite that lives on the exterior of its host compare ENDOPARASITE
ec·to·par·a·sit·ic -.par-ə-'sit-ik adj

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a parasite that lives on the outer surface of its host. Some ectoparasites, such as bed bugs, maintain only periodic contact with their hosts, whereas others, such as the crab louse, have a permanent association. Compare endoparasite.

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ec·to·par·a·site (ek″to-parґə-sīt) [ecto- + parasite] a parasite that lives on the outside of the body of the host. Cf. epiphyte and epizoon.

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