lungworm

noun
lung·worm | \ ˈləŋ-ˌwərm \

Definition of lungworm 

: any of various nematodes that infest the lungs and air passages of mammals

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Sam, who became a quadriplegic and has to be tube fed after contracting rat lungworm from the backyard slug, has had a support group of friends since the 2010 tragedy occurred. Fox News, "Teen left severely disabled after swallowing slug looks to family, friends for support," 2 Apr. 2018 Sam, from Sydney’s north shore, fell ill from the slug dare and was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where he was diagnosed as having been infected with rat lungworm. Fox News, "Teen left severely disabled after swallowing slug looks to family, friends for support," 2 Apr. 2018 The culprit, doctors said, was a parasite in the slug called a rat lungworm, which can burrow into the human brain. National Geographic, "Why You Shouldn't Eat a Slug (In Case You Need Reasons)," 16 Mar. 2018 Kirk Packo, the chairman of ophthalmology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, has dealt with other types of parasites getting into patients' eyes — primarily the rat lungworm. Emma Sarran Webster, Allure, "How to Avoid Parasitic Eye Worms, Like the Ones Removed From This Woman's Eyeball," 14 Feb. 2018 As for the aforementioned rat lungworm, Packo says it is usually transmitted through fresh produce and undercooked meats. Emma Sarran Webster, Allure, "How to Avoid Parasitic Eye Worms, Like the Ones Removed From This Woman's Eyeball," 14 Feb. 2018 Janice Okubu, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health, noted this year that Hawaii typically reports only one to nine cases of rat lungworm each year. Victoria Larned, CNN, "Infant hospitalized for rare brain parasite in Hawaii," 29 Sep. 2017 Rat lungworm cases aren't common, according to the CDC, but several cases have been documented in Maui and Hawaii over the last several years. Ajc Homepage, ajc, "Newlyweds contract rat lungworm disease while on honeymoon in Maui," 12 Apr. 2017

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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lungworm

noun
lung·worm | \ -ˌwərm \

Medical Definition of lungworm 

: any of various nematodes especially of the family Metastrongylidae that infest the lungs and air passages of mammals: as

a : a nematode of the genus Dictyocaulus

b : a lungworm of the genus Metastrongylus (M. apri synonym M. elongatus) that infests swine and causes bronchitis

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