Definition of epizoic in English:

epizoic

adjective

Biology
  • (of a plant or animal) growing or living nonparasitically on the exterior of a living animal.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In marine systems, where soft sediment bottoms are common, hard substrates represent islands, supporting a variety of obligate epiphytic and epizoic taxa (encrusters).’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

epizoic

/ˌepiˈzōik/