hairworm

noun hair·worm \ ˈher-ˌwərm \

Definition of hairworm

1 : any of a phylum (Nematomorpha) of elongated worms that have separate sexes, are parasitic in arthropods as larvae, and are free-living in water as adults called also horsehair worm
2 : any of a genus (Capillaria) of nematode worms that include serious parasites of the digestive tract of fowls and tissue and organ parasites of mammals

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1658


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hairworm

noun hair·worm \ ˈha(ə)r-ˌwərm, ˈhe(ə)r- \

medical Definition of hairworm

1 : any nematode worm of the genus Capillaria

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