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screwworm

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noun screw·worm \ˈskrü-ˌwərm\

Definition of screwworm

  1. 1 :  a blowfly (Cochliomyia hominivorax) of the warmer parts of America whose larva develops in sores or wounds or in the nostrils of mammals including humans with serious or sometimes fatal results; especially :  its larva

  2. 2 :  any of several flies other than the screwworm and especially their larvae which parasitize the flesh of mammals



1879

First Known Use of screwworm

1879


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screwworm

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noun screw·worm \ˈskrü-ˌwərm\

Medical Definition of screwworm

  1. 1:  either of two dipteran flies of the genus Cochliomyia:a:  one (C. hominivorax) of the warmer parts of America whose larva develops in sores or wounds or in the nostrils of mammals including humans with serious or sometimes fatal results; especially :  its larvab:  secondary screwworm

  2. 2:  a dipteran fly of the genus Chrysomya (C. bezziana) that causes myiasis in Africa and southern Asia




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