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Meaning of parasitism

par•a•sit•ism

Pronunciation: (par'u-sī-tiz"um, -si-), [key]
— n.
  1. a relation between organisms in which one lives as a parasite on another.
  2. a parasitic mode of life or existence.
  3. a diseased condition due to parasites.
  4. (in some totalitarian countries)
    1. unemployment or refusal to work.
    2. employment in work considered nonessential by the state.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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