my·​ia·​sis mī-ˈī-ə-səs How to pronounce myiasis (audio)
plural myiases mī-ˈī-ə-ˌsēz How to pronounce myiasis (audio)
: 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, 14 Feb. 2017

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Word History


New Latin, from Greek myia fly — more at midge

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of myiasis was in 1839

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“Myiasis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


my·​ia·​sis mī-ˈī-ə-səs How to pronounce myiasis (audio) mē- How to pronounce myiasis (audio)
plural myiases -ˌsēz How to pronounce myiasis (audio)
: infestation with fly maggots

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