hookworm

noun
hook·​worm | \ ˈhu̇k-ˌwərm \

Definition of hookworm

1 : any of several parasitic nematode worms (family Ancylostomatidae) that have strong buccal hooks or plates for attaching to the host's intestinal lining and that include serious bloodsucking pests
2 : infestation with or disease caused by hookworms especially : a lethargic anemic state in humans due to blood loss from hookworms feeding in the small intestine

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Kelli later took to Facebook to warn others about hookworms and requesting prayers. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "Hookworms Buried Themselves Into a Tennessee Teen's Skin," 28 July 2018 Generally, hookworms affect the feet and buttocks and are transmitted through soil or sand. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "Hookworms Buried Themselves Into a Tennessee Teen's Skin," 28 July 2018 These crippling and even fatal diseases include African sleeping sickness, a brain-eating amoeba, hookworm, roundworms that infiltrate the lymphatic system, and malaria. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "UCSD steps up fight against tropical parasitical diseases," 4 July 2018 One gram of dog poop can contain up to 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, and dog poop is also a common carrier of whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, parvo, coronavirus, giardia, salmonella, cryptosporidium, and campylobacter. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "It’s Time to Talk About Dog Poop," 27 Mar. 2018 That said, most species of hookworms can't migrate that far in humans and tend to just squirm around aimlessly in skin tissue. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Couple freaks after tabloids spread medical pics of their worm-infested bums," 1 Mar. 2018 Stephens and Zytner were diagnosed with larva migrans, or hookworms. Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY, "Couple contract parasitic hookworm in feet after walking on Punta Cana beach," 29 Jan. 2018 Beaches and sandboxes are common places to find parasitic hookworms. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Couple Posts Horrifying Photos of Hookworm-Infected Feet After Walking on Beach Without Shoes," 30 Jan. 2018 Emergencies requiring blood donations run the gamut, and include flea and tick anemia, severe hookworm infections, cancer, and being hit by a car. Southern Living, "Meet The Woman Behind Oklahoma’s Only Blood Bank for Dogs," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of hookworm

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hookworm was in 1902

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hookworm

noun
hook·​worm | \ ˈhu̇k-ˌwərm \

Kids Definition of hookworm

: a small worm that lives in the intestines and makes people sick by sucking their blood

hookworm

noun
hook·​worm | \ ˈhu̇k-ˌwərm \

Medical Definition of hookworm

1 : any of several parasitic nematode worms of the family Ancylostomatidae that have strong buccal hooks or plates for attaching to the host's intestinal lining and that include serious bloodsucking pests

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