Definition of endoparasite in English:


Pronunciation /ˌendōˈperəsīt/ /ˌɛndoʊˈpɛrəsaɪt/


  • A parasite, such as a tapeworm, that lives inside its host.

    Compare with ectoparasite

    ‘All of the 5000 or so known species of tapeworms are endoparasites.’
    • ‘She confirmed that endoparasites and ectoparasites also attack and reduce sheep production.’
    • ‘However, they are endoparasites, spending most of their lives inside the roots.’
    • ‘In contrast, they found infrequent infestations of endoparasites and attributed this to the whales' long period of fasting each year.’