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hairworm

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noun hair·worm \ˈher-ˌwərm\

Definition of hairworm

  1. 1 :  any of a phylum (Nematomorpha) of elongated worms that have separate sexes, are parasitic in arthropods as larvae, and are free-living in water as adults —called also horsehair worm

  2. 2 :  any of a genus (Capillaria) of nematode worms that include serious parasites of the alimentary tract of fowls and tissue and organ parasites of mammals



1658

First Known Use of hairworm

1658


Medical Dictionary

hairworm

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noun hair·worm \ˈha(ə)r-ˌwərm, ˈhe(ə)r-\

Medical Definition of hairworm

  1. 1:  any nematode worm of the genus Capillaria

  2. 2:  horsehair worm




Learn More about hairworm

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of hairworm Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about hairworm


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