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1. Association between parasitic Hymenoptera and their insect hosts.
2. An excess of parasites of the same species in a host, overtaxing the defense mechanism to the degree that disease or death results, in contrast to multiple parasitism.
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Infestation of an already parasitized organism by more parasites, especially of the same species.
su′per·par′a·sit′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.
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superparasitism(soo″pĕr-păr′ă-sī″tĭzm) [″ + ″ + -ismos, condition]
A condition in which the host is infested or infected with a greater number of parasites than can be supported.
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