liver fluke


Definition of liver fluke

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

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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

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circa 1795, in the meaning defined above

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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

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