Parasitic castration | definition of parasitic castration by Medical dictionary
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Destruction of the gonads by parasitic organisms early in life. It may result from direct infestation of the gonad or indirectly from effects of infestation in other parts of the body.
parasitic castration castration or sterility caused by the presence of a parasite.
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Parasitic castration in Fissurella crassa (Archaeo-gastropoda) due to an adult digenea, Proctoeces lintoni (Fellodisto-midae).
Parasitic castration of the scallop Pecten alba (Tate) by a bucephalid trematode.
Effects of parasitic castration
on growth, reproduction and population dynamics of the marine snail Cerithidae californica.
However, these bases for parasitic castration
do not predict a correlation between genetic similarity and host-parasite compatibility.