Guinea worm disease

noun
variants: or guinea worm disease
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of Guinea worm disease

:dracunculiasis
  • Guinea worm disease is a parasitic infection known as dracunculiasis that can be prevented by boiling or filtering drinking water through a finely woven cloth.
  • —Lawrence K. Altman
  • Akoon, like other sufferers, contract guinea worm disease by drinking from stagnant water infested with a flea called cyclops, which swallows but cannot digest guinea worm larvae.
  • —Tom Maliti

First Known Use of guinea worm disease

1980


Medical Dictionary

Guinea worm disease

noun
variants: or guinea worm disease

medical Definition of Guinea worm disease

:dracunculiasis
  • … near eradication of Guinea worm disease, a parasitic affliction that once infected two million people every year in Pakistan, India and 16 countries in Africa.
  • —Jim WootenThe New York Times Magazine29 Jan. 1995

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