parasite


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Synonyms for parasite

Synonyms for parasite

one who depends on another for support without reciprocating

Synonyms for parasite

a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

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The creature that owned it had been crouching behind the parasite, and had looked round it at the same instant that I did.
It was one of the parasite streets; long, regular, narrow, dull and gloomy; like a brick and mortar funeral.
"Our parasites"; she remembered how Vronsky had said that.
He appears to have been one of those Russian parasites who lead an idle existence abroad, spending the summer at some spa, and the winter in Paris, to the greater profit of the organizers of public balls.
It is quite true that we did not present ourselves humbly, like your flatterers and parasites, but holding up our heads as befits independent men.
A lively quarrel ensued, Trefusis denouncing the folly of artists in fancying themselves a priestly caste when they were obviously only the parasites and favored slaves of the moneyed classes, and his friend (temporarily his enemy) sneering bitterly at levellers who were for levelling down instead of levelling up.
Fentolin's parasites or bodyguards, or whatever you call them."
And this is not all; for the servants and panders of the parasites are also parasites, the milliners and the jewelers and the lackeys have also to be supported by the useful members of the community.
Successful parasite management is no longer a simple matter of grabbing the most convenient dewormer from the shelf.
This is the most common malaria parasite in Africa, and it causes the most malaria-related deaths in the world.
Just recently, scientists were able to discover the oldest DNA of a parasite to be ever recorded, conveniently tucked in the fossilized remains of puma droppings and aged 17,000 years old.
In an effort to define precisely the location of the parasite bottleneck, Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists say they have discovered that the parasites are stopped by a roadblock along the escape route in the insect's spit glands, a barrier that could potentially serve as a novel target for preventing or reducing malarial infection.
Mosquitoes are required to transmit malaria, acquiring malaria parasites by biting an infected person, then transmitting the disease weeks later after the parasite has completed development in the mosquito.
The potential for such substantial change to the role of trematode parasites caused by a changing marine environment can best be understood by following a single parasite species through a complete life cycle.
Using a high-throughput DNA sequencing technique, Australian scientists have discovered that a largely unknown Syndiniales parasite is unexpectedly abundant in waters around Antarctica.