Definition of phoretic in English:

phoretic

adjective

Zoology
  • See phoresy

    • ‘Factors that might affect O. minus abundance and growth include phloem chemistry, temperature, relative humidity, and the abundance of Tarsonemus mites that are phoretic on D. frontalis adults and act as vectors of O. minus spores.’
    • ‘Interspecific competitors include other beetles (chiefly Scolytidae, Buprestidae, and Cerambycidae) and phoretic microorganisms.’
    • ‘Emergence occurs after a stylopized wasp (containing a gravid female X. vesparum) alights on flowers, and subsequent transport of first instars to the nest is phoretic, via a foraging wasp.’
    • ‘The most abundant acari was the phoretic glycyphagid mite, Orycteroxenus soricis, followed by the parasitic listrophorid mite, Asiochirus blarina.’

Pronunciation

phoretic

/fəˈrɛtɪk/