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Introduction to Parasites

Authored by: Purnima Bhanot , Fred Schuster

Practical Handbook of Microbiology

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9781466587397
eBook ISBN: 9781466587403
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b17871-52

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Abstract

The focus of this chapter is on human parasites particularly those that are major pathogens. The word parasite is derived from the Greek para, meaning eating, and sitos, meaning by the side of. Parasitism is a biological niche in which one organism derives benefit at the expense of another.

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