giardia

noun
giar·​dia | \ jē-ˈär-dē-ə How to pronounce giardia (audio) , ˈjär- How to pronounce giardia (audio) \

Definition of giardia

: any of a genus (Giardia) of flagellate protozoans inhabiting the intestines of various mammals and including one (G. lamblia synonym G. intestinalis) that is associated with diarrhea in humans

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Recent Examples on the Web Ranger suffered from parasites for several months — coccidia, then giardia. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Ranger the German Shepherd looks like a puppy ⁠— and always will. Here's why," 9 Dec. 2019 According to Sawyer, the filter removes 99.99999 percent of salmonella, cholera, and E.coli and 99.9999 percent of cryptosporidium and giardia, without requiring batteries, chemicals, or replaceable filters. Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 18 June 2019 For example, a number of parasites, such as giardia, are missing mitochondria. Quanta Magazine, "Mongrel Microbe Tests Story of Complex Life," 29 Oct. 2015 Humans usually get a different type of giardia than cats and dogs, the CDC explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Unsanitary Is It to Kiss Your Pet on the Mouth?," 2 May 2019 Other common parasitical infections like giardia also tend to clear up within a few weeks, sometimes without any symptoms at all. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How Parasites Can Lie Dormant for Years Before Killing You," 6 Nov. 2018 Another puppy, Bodhi, was found to have giardia, a parasite typically present in contaminated water, records show, so the whole family was treated for it. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Arizona U-Haul billionaire dumps 7 sick rottweilers on dog rescue in Gilbert," 26 June 2018 But some contain dangerous pathogens that can sicken humans, such as giardia, salmonella and Hepatitis A. The county is not advising against visiting any part of the river, said spokeswoman Kim Nava. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Heading to the American River this week? Here's where E. coli levels are high," 3 July 2018 When Froehlich called the Shoens' assistant, Froehlich learned the dogs had tested positive for giardia the week before they'd been dropped off. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Arizona U-Haul billionaire dumps 7 sick rottweilers on dog rescue in Gilbert," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of giardia

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for giardia

New Latin, from Alfred M. Giard †1908 French biologist

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“Giardia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giardia. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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giardia

noun
giar·​dia | \ jē-ˈär-dē-ə How to pronounce giardia (audio) , ˈjär- How to pronounce giardia (audio) \

Medical Definition of giardia

1 capitalized : a genus of flagellate protozoans inhabiting the intestines of various mammals and including one (G. lamblia synonym G. intestinalis) that is associated with diarrhea in humans
2 : any flagellate of the genus Giardia

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