What does parasitism mean?

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  1. (ecology) Interaction between two organisms, in which one organism (the parasite) benefits and the other (the host) is harmed.
  2. (figuratively) A similar interaction between people.
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This investor confidence underscores the symbiotic relationship between financial parasitism and militarism.
The great world economic crisis of the early 1930s threatened the wealth that sustained such parasitism.
One major factor contributing to the company's decline is the high degree of parasitism practiced by the auto executives and big investors.
We now get a glimpse into the reactionary politics, racism, and social parasitism of his mayoral administration.
Aside from parasitism, the only other mortality I observed was due to hatching failure.
If the diagnosis is unclear, an otherwise unexplained elevated immunoglobulin value may be helpful in suggesting allergy or parasitism.

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