giardia

noun

: 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

Examples of giardia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These diseases include bacterial infections like campylobacter and salmonella and parasitic infections like cryptosporidium, giardia and tapeworm. Symptoms can include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Katia Hetter, CNN, 29 Feb. 2024 The micro-filtration membrane removes waterborne bacteria (including E. coli and salmonella) as well as waterborne parasites (including giardia and cryptosporidium) to provide up to 1,000 gallons of clean, safe drinking water when used properly. Alesandra Dubin, Travel + Leisure, 2 Jan. 2024 Lakes quickly turn into barren puddles filled with giardia; forest floors become plant morgues; tree roots become tripping hazards. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2023 Ranger suffered from parasites for several months — coccidia, then giardia. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, 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, 18 June 2019 For example, a number of parasites, such as giardia, are missing mitochondria. Quanta Magazine, 29 Oct. 2015 Humans usually get a different type of giardia than cats and dogs, the CDC explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 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, 6 Nov. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of giardia was in 1918

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“Giardia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giardia. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

giardia

noun
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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