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im·mu·no·com·pro·mised host(im'yū-nō-kom'prŏ-mīzd hōst)
A person whose immune system's defenses have been weakened by exposure to disease, drugs, or radiotherapy.
host(host) [L. hospes, stranger, guest, host]
1. The organism from which a parasite obtains its nourishment.
2. In embryology, the larger and more relatively normal of conjoined twins.
3. In transplantation of tissue, the one who receives the graft.
A host other than the usual or normal one.
alternate hostIntermediate host (1).
A person who lacks resistance to infection due to to a deficiency in any of the host defenses.See: AIDS; host defense mechanisms; immunocompromised
An infected organism that does not have the ability to transmit infection to the definitive host.Synonym: incidental host
1. The final host or the host in which the parasite reaches sexual maturity. Synonym: final host
2. The vertebrate, when the intermediate host is an invertebrate.
final hostDefinitive host (1).
immunocompromised hostSee: immunocompromised
incidental hostDead-end host.
1. The host in which a parasite passes through its larval or asexual stages of development. Synonym: alternate host
2. The invertebrate host, when the final host is a vertebrate.
A parasitized organism in which the parasite thrives but does not undergo development.
host of predilection
The host preferred by a parasite.
A host other than the usual or normal one, in which a parasite is capable of living. The reservoir host is a source of infestation.
An interim host that is not essential for the completion of the life cycle of the parasite.