noun \ˈshis-tə-ˌsōm\

Definition of SCHISTOSOME

:  any of a genus (Schistosoma) of elongated trematode worms with the sexes separate that parasitize the blood vessels of birds and mammals and cause a destructive human schistosomiasis; broadly :  a worm of the family (Schistosomatidae) that includes this genus
schis·to·som·al \ˌshis-tə-ˈsō-məl\ adjective
schistosome adjective


New Latin Schistosoma, from Greek schistos + sōma body
First Known Use: 1905


noun \ˈshis-tə-ˌsōm, ˈskis-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SCHISTOSOME

: any trematode worm of the genus Schistosoma or of the family Schistosomatidae—called also blood fluke
schis·to·so·mal \ˌshis-tə-ˈsō-məl, ˌskis-\ adjective


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