hookworm

noun hook·worm \ ˈhu̇k-ˌwərm \
Updated on: 29 Dec 2017

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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First Known Use of hookworm

1902


HOOKWORM Defined for Kids

hookworm

noun hook·worm \ ˈhu̇k-ˌwərm \

Definition of hookworm for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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