my·​ia·​sis | \ mī-ˈī-ə-səs How to pronounce myiasis (audio) , mē- \
plural myiases\ mī-​ˈī-​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce myiases (audio) , mē-​ \

Definition of myiasis

: infestation with fly maggots

Examples of myiasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And that’s a common enough problem that there’s a medical term for maggot infestation: myiasis, reported throughout human history, including in the eyes and rectum. National Geographic, "A Horrifying List of Creatures That Can Crawl Into Your Body," 14 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of myiasis

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for myiasis

New Latin, from Greek myia fly — more at midge

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The first known use of myiasis was in 1839

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“Myiasis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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my·​ia·​sis | \ mī-ˈī-ə-səs How to pronounce myiasis (audio) , mē- How to pronounce myiasis (audio) \
plural myiases\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce myiases (audio) \

Medical Definition of myiasis

: infestation with fly maggots

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