epizoon

See also: epizoön

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EtymologyEdit

From epi- +‎ -zoon.

NounEdit

epizoon (plural epizoons or epizoa)

 
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  1. (biology) A microorganism (such as a yeast-type fungus or a protozoon) that grows on the surface of an animal host, as:
    1. (usually) In a nonparasitic way, using an animal's skin as a microhabitat.
    2. (less commonly) In a parasitic way, as an external parasite.

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