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Related to dead-end host: Primary host
a host from which infectious agents are not transmitted to other susceptible hosts.
Etymology: AS, dead + ende + L, hospes, guest
1 a host from which infectious agents are not transmitted to other susceptible hosts.
2 any host organism from which a parasite cannot escape to continue its life cycle. Humans are dead-end hosts for trichinosis, because the larvae encysted in muscle and human flesh are unlikely to be a source of food for other animals susceptible to this parasite. Compare definitive host, intermediate host, reservoir host.
dead-end host(ded-end hōst)
A host from which infectious agents are not transmitted to other susceptible hosts.
1. an animal or plant that harbors and provides sustenance for another organism (the parasite). Includes paratenic, intermediate etc.
2. the recipient of an organ or other tissue derived from another organism (the donor).
one that accidentally harbors an organism that is not ordinarily parasitic in the particular species.
the disease cannot be transmitted from the infected host to another animal.
characteristics in the host which determine its susceptibility to a disease, e.g. closeness to parturition and metabolic diseases.
the inflammatory reaction that sometimes occurs around a parasite in tissues, e.g. a warble fly larva in the esophageal wall.
the host preferred by a parasite.
an animal (or species) that is infected by a parasite, and which serves as a source of infection for humans or another species.
host risk factors
epidemiological factors contributing to the development of a disease and which are contributed by the host.
the characteristic of a parasite that renders it capable of infecting only one or more specific hosts.
transfer host, transport host
one that is used until the appropriate definitive host is reached, but is not necessary to complete the life cycle of the parasite.
see host determinants (above).