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Understand that 'parasitic' implies harm to the host organism in science. SlideParasitic worms deplete their host's nutrients.
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No Mutual BenefitPlay
'Parasitic' differs from symbiotic, where both organisms benefit. Parasites only benefit themselves. SlideUnlike bees and flowers, parasitic relationships offer no advantages to the host.
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Biology ContextPlay
Used mostly in biology, 'parasitic' can describe varied organisms, including bacteria and plants. SlideParasitic plants, like mistletoes, extract water and nutrients from their hosts.