English edit

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Etymology edit

parasite +‎ -ic

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌpæɹ.əˈsɪt.ɪk/
  • (US, Canada) IPA(key): /ˌpɛɹ.əˈsɪt.ɪk/, [ˌpɛɹ.əˈsɪɾ.ɪk]
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  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˌpæɹ.əˈsɪt.ɪk/, [ˌpæɹ.əˈsɪɾ.ɪk]

Adjective edit

parasitic (comparative more parasitic, superlative most parasitic)

  1. Of or pertaining to a biological or symbolic parasite.
  2. Drawing upon another organism for sustenance.
  3. Exploiting another for personal gain.
  4. (law) Of emotional damages: accompanying a physical or pecuniary injury.

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Noun edit

parasitic (plural parasitics)

  1. (electronics) A component of a circuit that does not show up in a circuit's schematic but does show up in the circuit's behavior.