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.
See also: parasite
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Ehrlichia-like organisms (KSL1) observed as obligate intracellular parasites of Saccamoeba species.
Chlamydia are obligate intracellular parasites that are present in 2 forms.
Viruses are obligate intracellular parasites and require the presence of a specific host for replication.
1-3] Microsporidia are obligate intracellular parasites that lack mitochondria and use a unique polar tube apparatus to infect the host cell.