Can parasites be divided into partial and complete parasites?


Complete Parasites: The organisms which feed on another living organism for its complete survival called its host are known as complete parasites.

Example: Plasmodium and roundworm. 


Partial Parasites are organisms that depend on their hosts only for certain requirements such as water, nutrients, or shelter. These plants possess green leaves to perform a photosynthetic process.

They can synthesize their own food by absorbing water and nutrients from their hosts. Thus, they are also known as hemiparasitic plants.

Some examples of partial parasite plants are Dendropthoe falcata, Viscum album, and Santalum album.

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Updated on: 05-Jan-2023

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