acariasis the condition of being infested by acarids or mites. acaricide a substance or preparation for killing mites or ticks. miticide a substance for killing mites. —miticidal, adj. taeniacide, teniacide an agent or preparation for killing tapeworms. —taeniacidal, teniacidal, adj. taeniasis, teniasis infestation by tapeworms. vermination the state or process of being infested with worms or vermin.
- The presence of a large number of pest organisms in an area or field, on the surface of a host or anything that might contact a host, or in the soil.
Variant of infest
- to overrun or inhabit in large numbers, usually so as to be harmful or bothersome; swarm in or over
- to be parasitic in or on (a host)
Origin of infestFrench infester ; from Classical Latin infestare, to attack, trouble ; from infestus, hostile ; from in-, in + Indo-European base an unverified form dhers-, to be bold, attack from source dare