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pho·re·sis(fō-rē'sis), Do not confuse this word with pheresis.
1. Synonym(s): electrophoresis
2. A biologic association in which one organism is transported by another, as in the attachment of the eggs of Dermatobia hominis, a human and cattle botfly, to the legs of a mosquito, which transports them to the human, cattle, or other host in which the botfly larvae can develop. Synonym(s): epizoic commensalism, phoresy
[G. phorēsis, a being borne]
An association between two species in which one transports the other, for example when a mite attaches to a beetle and is carried to a new food source.
pho·ret′ic (fə-rĕt′ĭk) adj.
a method of dispersal, e.g. of insect pests, in which the insect clings to a moving animal or other insect. Includes transmission of a parasite by a parasite, e.g. Histomonas meleagridis by Heterakis gallinarum.