American hookworm

noun

: a hookworm (Necator americanus) that infests humans and that was discovered in North America but is probably native to Africa

Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of American hookworm was in 1902

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“American hookworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20hookworm. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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