Parasite vs Fetus - What's the difference?

parasite | fetus |


As nouns the difference between parasite and fetus

is that parasite is (pejorative) a person who lives on other people's efforts or expense and gives little or nothing back while fetus is (canada|us) an unborn or unhatched vertebrate showing signs of the mature animal.

parasite

Noun

(en noun)
  • (pejorative) A person who lives on other people's efforts or expense and gives little or nothing back.
  • (biology) an organism that lives on or in another organism, deriving benefit from living on or in that other organism, while not contributing towards that other organism sufficiently to cover the cost to that other organism.
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  • , author= , title=The Smallest Cell , volume=101, issue=2, page=83 , magazine= citation , passage=It is likely that the long evolutionary trajectory of Mycoplasma went from a reductive autotroph to oxidative heterotroph to a cell-wall–defective degenerate parasite . This evolutionary trajectory assumes the simplicity to complexity route of biogenesis, a point of view that is not universally accepted.}}
    ''Lice, fleas, ticks and mites are widely spread parasites .
  • (literary, poetic) A climbing plant which is supported by a wall, trellis etc.
  • * 1813 , (Percy Bysshe Shelley), Queen Mab , I:
  • Her golden tresses shade / The bosom’s stainless pride, / Curling like tendrils of the parasite / Around a marble column.

    Antonyms

    * commensal (doing no noticeable harm) * mutualist or sometimes symbiote (beneficial)

    See also

    * symbiont

    References

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    fetus

    English

    Alternative forms

    * foetus * * (chiefly Canadian and US) fetus * phoetus, * faetus,

    Noun

    (es)
  • (Canada, US) An unborn or unhatched vertebrate showing signs of the mature animal.
  • (Canada, US) A human embryo after the 8th week of gestation.
  • The sequence is; molecules in reproductive systems, then gametes, zygotes, morulas, blastocysts, and then fetuses .

    Usage notes

    * The form fetus is preferred in North America and in the scientific community, whereas foetus is still commonly used in Commonwealth nations.

    Derived terms

    * (l)

    See also

    * embryo * ("fetus" on Wikipedia)

    References

    * Health Online

    Anagrams

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