as·​ca·​ris ˈa-skə-rəs How to pronounce ascaris (audio)
plural ascarides a-ˈska-rə-ˌdēz How to pronounce ascaris (audio)

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ascaris was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ascaris.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


as·​ca·​ris ˈas-kə-rəs How to pronounce ascaris (audio)
capitalized : a genus of Ascaridae comprising nematode worms having a 3-lipped mouth, resembling earthworms in size and superficial appearance, and including one (A. lumbricoides) parasitic in the human intestine
plural ascarides ə-ˈskar-ə-ˌdēz How to pronounce ascaris (audio) : ascarid

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