autoecious definition by Webster's New World
Biol. passing the entire life cycle on one host, as certain parasites do, esp. rust fungi
Origin: auto- plush Classical Greek oikos, house (see economy) plush -ous
autoecious definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Having all stages of a life cycle occurring on the same host.
Origin: From auto- + Greek oikos, house; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots.
- au·toeˈcism noun
autoecious - Science Definition
Relating to a parasite that spends all its life on a single host. The term is used especially of certain types of rust fungi, but can also be applied to other parasites, such as aphids. Compare heteroecious.