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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1) It is an emerging zoonotic disease caused by obligate intracellular parasites of the genus Leishmania which are transmitted by Phlebotomine sand flies.
All are obligate intracellular parasites and cause disease in the definitive hosts by destroying infected cells.
Members of Microspora are tiny, obligate intracellular parasites that infect many vertebrates and invertebrates.
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.
Obligate intracellular parasites Parasites that can only reproduce inside a host cell.
1-3] Microsporidia are obligate intracellular parasites that lack mitochondria and use a unique polar tube apparatus to infect the host cell.