whipworm

EnglishEdit

 
a whipworm (Trichuris trichiura)

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whip +‎ worm

NounEdit

whipworm (countable and uncountable, plural whipworms)

  1. Any of the genus Trichuris of roundworms that infect certain mammals
    1. (medicine) Trichuris trichiura, a roundworm, causing trichuriasis when it infects a human large intestine.
      • 2009, January 27, “Jane E. Brody”, in Babies Know: A Little Dirt Is Good for You[1]:
        Dr. Elliott said that in Argentina, researchers found that patients with multiple sclerosis who were infected with the human whipworm had milder cases and fewer flare-ups of their disease over a period of four and a half years.
  2. Trichuriasis, infection by members of the genus Trichuris.

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