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elephantiasis


elephantiasis

noun el·e·phan·ti·a·sis \ˌel-ə-fən-ˈtī-ə-səs, -ˌfan-\
plural el·e·phan·ti·a·ses \-ˌsēz\

Definition of ELEPHANTIASIS

:  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)
February 28, 2015
pontificate Hear it
To speak pompously or dogmatically
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