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definitive host

[də′fin·əd·iv ′hōst]
(biology)
The host in which a parasite reproduces sexually.
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Thus, we may assume that the cycle includes marine copepods as the first intermediate hosts, marine fish as the second intermediate hosts, and fish-eating mammals, including humans, as the definitive hosts (2) (Figure 2).
granulosus, whose definitive host is a wild canid such as a wolf (Canis lupis) or coyote (C.
None of these species was associated with pathogenic impacts on their definitive hosts in the P.
In west-central Europe, the main definitive hosts of the parasite are red foxes (Vulpes vulpes).
Since spination patterns are difficult to observe, experimental infection of potential definitive hosts is sometimes necessary to produce adults for identification (Scholz et al.
Although wildlife might become infected with the parasite, not all wildlife are definitive hosts (5,11).
Prevalence of the disease is presumably related to the density of definitive hosts as well as the abundance of tabanid vectors.
Bush dogs (Speothos venaticus) are the most common definitive hosts for E.
Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and elk (Cervus elaphus) as experimental definitive hosts for Fascioloides magna.
Kiricephalus coarctatus (Pentastomida, tongue worm) is known to utilize snakes as both second intermediate and definitive hosts throughout Central and North America (Riley & Self 1980).
and Eurypanopeus depressus, which are the definitive hosts for this parasite (Lauckner 1983), were abundant at all study sites where the protist was observed (Volety et al.