liver fluke

noun

Definition of liver fluke

: any of various trematode worms (such as Fasciola hepatica) that invade the mammalian liver

Examples of liver fluke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The doctors treated the man with a blood transfusion and the anti-parasitic drug triclabendazole, which is used specifically to treat liver flukes. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Watch this beautifully disgusting liver fluke parasite explore man’s innards," 8 Nov. 2019 The doctors extracted some of the worms and identified them as the common liver fluke Fasciola hepatica. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Watch this beautifully disgusting liver fluke parasite explore man’s innards," 8 Nov. 2019 There’s Toxoplasma gondii, which drives mice to seek out cats eager to eat them, and the liver fluke Dicrocoelium dendriticum, which motivates ants to climb blades of grass, exposing them to cows and sheep hungry for a snack. Quanta Magazine, "Can Microbes Encourage Altruism?," 29 June 2017 The parasite, the lancet liver fluke, is a flatworm that jumps between different animal species to complete its life cycle. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "These Brain Worms Turn Ants Into Death-Seeking Zombies," 10 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'liver fluke.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of liver fluke

circa 1795, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about liver fluke

Time Traveler for liver fluke

Time Traveler

The first known use of liver fluke was circa 1795

See more words from the same year

Statistics for liver fluke

Cite this Entry

“Liver fluke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liver%20fluke. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for liver fluke

liver fluke

noun

Medical Definition of liver fluke

: any of various trematode worms that invade the mammalian liver especially : one of the genus Fasciola (F. hepatica) that is a major parasite of the liver, bile ducts, and gallbladder of cattle and sheep, causes fascioliasis in humans, and uses snails of the genus Lymnaea as an intermediate host — see chinese liver fluke

Comments on liver fluke

What made you want to look up liver fluke? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Here Be Dragons: A Creature Identification Quiz

  • monster werewolf photo
  • Which is a synonym of werewolf?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!