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adjective uk   /ˌpær.əˈsɪt.ɪk/ us    /ˌper.əˈsɪt̬-/ ( also parasitical )
caused by or connected with a parasite: a parasitic disease parasitic insects
noun [U] uk   /ˈpær.ə.saɪ.tɪ.zəm/ us    /ˌper.əˈsɪt̬-/
Translations of “parasitic”
in Chinese (Traditional) 由寄生生物引起的,寄生的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 由寄生生物引起的,寄生的…
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