parasitic etymology

English word parasitic comes from English -ic, English parasite

Detailed word origin of parasitic

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-ic English (eng) (chemistry) Used to denote certain chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a higher oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ous. For example sulphuric acid (H₂SO₄) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H₂SO₃).. Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning “of or pertaining to”.
parasite English (eng) (biology) An organism that lives on or in another organism, deriving benefit from living on or in that other organism, while not contributing towards that other organism sufficiently to cover the cost to that other organism.. (literary, poetic) A climbing plant which is supported by a wall, trellis etc. [from 19th c.]. (pejorative) A person who lives on other people's efforts or expense and [...]
parasitic English (eng) Drawing upon another organism for sustenance.. Exploiting another for personal gain.. Of or pertaining to a biological or symbolic parasite. (electronics) A component of a circuit that does not show up in a circuit's schematic but does show up in the circuit's behavior.

Words with the same origin as parasitic

Descendants of -ic
age alcoholic atomic basic criticism electronic engineering heroic idiotic magnetic math mathematics period physics psychiatric realistic romantic science stem tech technology teen teenage tonic topic
Descendants of parasite
cleptoparasitosis delusional parasitosis epiparasitic hemiparasitic holoparasitic kleptoparasitic mycoparasitic nonparasitic parasitary parasitation parasitically parasiticalness parasiticide parasitism parasitization parasitize parasitocenosis parasitoid parasitology parasitophobia parasitosis polyparasitic widow bird zoöparasitic