dra·​cun·​cu·​li·​a·​sis | \ drə-ˌkəŋ-kyə-ˈlī-ə-səs \

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

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After decades of backbreaking work, dracunculiasis is one of two human diseases on the brink of eradication. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 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, "Killing of Mother-Daughter Team Shakes Polio Fighters in Pakistan," 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, "2 Polio Paralysis Cases in Nigeria Set Back Eradication Effort," 11 Aug. 2016

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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

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dra·​cun·​cu·​li·​a·​sis | \ drə-ˌkəŋ-kyə-ˈlī-ə-səs \
plural dracunculiases\ -​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of dracunculiasis

: infestation with or disease caused by the guinea worm that has been eradicated in many regions but not in Africa

called also Guinea worm disease

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