obligate intracellular parasite


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obligate intracellular parasite

A parasite such as a virus or rickettsia that can reproduce only when within a living cell, although it may survive outside cells.
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(1) It is an emerging zoonotic disease caused by obligate intracellular parasites of the genus Leishmania which are transmitted by Phlebotomine sand flies.