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Definition of Ectoparasite

Ectoparasite: A parasite that lives on or in the skin but not within the body. Fleas and lice are ectoparasites. Infestation with an ectoparasite is called an ectoparasitosis.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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