Optimal parasite | definition of optimal parasite by Medical dictionary
optimal parasite adjective As in, optimal parasite infection strategies.
(1) Facultative parasite.
(2) Parasite with little adverse effect on the host.
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Parasite mortality (regardless of whether it is caused by the host's immune response or due to parasite-independent host mortality) is predicted to be a strong determinant in the evolution of optimal parasite
growth rate inside the host.
Under these assumptions, we propose a "law of diminishing returns," which predicts that increased transmission opportunities between the same pair of hosts will lower optimal parasite