Definition of intermediate host in English:

intermediate host

noun

Biology
  • An organism that supports the immature or nonreproductive forms of a parasite.

    Compare with definitive host
    • ‘That the mosquito was the intermediate host of the filarial parasite was a momentous discovery in 1877.’
    • ‘Our biggest nightmare is that an intermediate host is out there carrying the virus and passing it onto other animals.’
    • ‘Cats are the usual final host of this protozoan; but other mammals - including humans - and birds, can become intermediate hosts.’
    • ‘This is because snails are the intermediate host to the parasite, which is released into shallow water, and then infects ducks and people.’
    • ‘Their life cycles depend on domesticated cattle and swine as intermediate hosts.’

Pronunciation:

intermediate host

/ˈˌin(t)ərˈˌmēdēət hōst/