Definition of elephantiasis
plural el·e·phan·ti·a·sesplay \-ˌsēz\
1 : enlargement and thickening of tissues; specifically : the enormous enlargement of a limb or the scrotum caused by obstruction of lymphatics by filarial worms (especially Wuchereria bancrofti)
2 : an undesirable usually enormous growth, enlargement, or overdevelopment <elephantiasis of the imagination>
Origin of elephantiasis
New Latin, from Latin, a kind of leprosy, from Greek, from elephant-, elephas
First Known Use: 1562
Medical Definition of elephantiasis
plural el·e·phan·ti·a·ses \-ˌsēz\play
: enlargement and thickening of tissues; specifically : the enormous enlargement of a limb or the scrotum caused by obstruction of lymphatics by filarial worms of the genus Wuchereria (W. bancrofti) or a related genus (Brugia malayi)
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