dracunculiasis

noun
dra·​cun·​cu·​li·​a·​sis | \ drə-ˌkəŋ-kyə-ˈlī-ə-səs How to pronounce dracunculiasis (audio) \

Definition of dracunculiasis

: infestation with or disease caused by the Guinea worm that is marked by painful blisters especially on the lower legs or feet from which one or more mature female Guinea worms slowly emerge and that has been eradicated in most regions except Africa

called also Guinea worm disease

Examples of dracunculiasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After decades of backbreaking work, dracunculiasis is one of two human diseases on the brink of eradication. New York Times, 18 June 2018 The other disease closest to complete eradication is dracunculiasis, better known as Guinea worm disease. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, 22 Jan. 2018 The last few hundred cases of Guinea worm, or dracunculiasis, the only other disease as close to eradication as polio is, are also confined to Africa. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, 11 Aug. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dracunculiasis.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dracunculiasis

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dracunculiasis

New Latin, from Dracunculus, the guinea worm genus, from Latin, diminutive of dracon-, draco serpent, dragon — more at dragon

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About dracunculiasis

Time Traveler for dracunculiasis

Time Traveler

The first known use of dracunculiasis was in 1942

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near dracunculiasis

Dracula

dracunculiasis

Dracut

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for dracunculiasis

Cite this Entry

“Dracunculiasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dracunculiasis. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dracunculiasis

dracunculiasis

noun
dra·​cun·​cu·​li·​a·​sis | \ drə-ˌkəŋ-kyə-ˈlī-ə-səs How to pronounce dracunculiasis (audio) \
plural dracunculiases\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce dracunculiasis (audio) \

Medical Definition of dracunculiasis

: infestation with or disease caused by the Guinea worm that is marked by painful blisters especially on the lower legs or feet from which one or more mature female Guinea worms slowly emerge

Note: Eradication efforts have resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of cases of dracunculiasis from several million per year in Africa and Asia in the 1980s to 28 reported cases in Africa in 2018.

called also Guinea worm disease

More from Merriam-Webster on dracunculiasis

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about dracunculiasis

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!