hel·​minth | \ˈhel-ˌmin(t)th \

Definition of helminth 

: a parasitic worm (such as a tapeworm, liver fluke, ascarid, or leech) especially : an intestinal worm

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Other Words from helminth

helminthic \hel-​ˈmin(t)-​thik \ adjective

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Helminths awake the regulatory side of the immune system. Brandon Keim, WIRED, "The Potential Health Benefits of Parasitic Gut Worms," 20 Nov. 2012

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First Known Use of helminth

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for helminth

Greek helminth-, helmis

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hel·​minth | \ˈhel-ˌmin(t)th \
plural helminths

Medical Definition of helminth 

: a parasitic worm (as a tapeworm, liver fluke, ascarid, or leech) especially : one that parasitizes the intestine of a vertebrate

Other Words from helminth

helminthic \hel-​ˈmin(t)-​thik \ adjective

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