Definition of epizoic in English:

epizoic

adjective

Biology
  • (of a plant or animal) growing or living non-parasitically on the exterior of a living animal.

    • ‘In marine systems, where soft sediment bottoms are common, hard substrates represent islands, supporting a variety of obligate epiphytic and epizoic taxa (encrusters).’
    • ‘Long-stalked glandular hairs of outer and inner involucral bracts of Sigesbeckia jorullensis, which are important for epizoic fruit propagation, were investigated using light and scanning electron microscopy.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from epi- ‘upon’ + Greek zōion animal + -ic.

Pronunciation:

epizoic

/ˌɛpɪˈzəʊɪk/