onchocerciasis

noun on·cho·cer·ci·a·sis \ ˌäŋ-kō-ˌsər-ˈkī-ə-səs , ˌäŋ-kə- \

Definition of onchocerciasis

plural onchocerciases play \ˌäŋ-kō-ˌsər-ˈkī-ə-ˌsēz, ˌäŋ-kə-\
: infestation with or disease caused by filarial worms (genus Onchocerca); especially : a human disease marked by subcutaneous nodules, dermatitis, and visual impairment and caused by a worm (O. volvulus) found in Africa and tropical America which is transmitted by the bite of a female blackfly called also river blindness

Origin and Etymology of onchocerciasis

New Latin, from Onchocerca, genus of worms


Medical Dictionary

onchocerciasis

noun on·cho·cer·ci·a·sis \ ˌäŋ-kō-ˌsər-ˈkī-ə-səs \

medical Definition of onchocerciasis

plural onchocerciases play \-ˌsēz\
: infestation with or disease caused by filarial worms of the genus Onchocerca; especially : a human disease marked by subcutaneous nodules, dermatitis, and visual impairment that is caused by a worm (O. volvulus) found in Africa and tropical America and transmitted by the bite of a female blackfly called also onchocercosis, river blindness ; see craw-craw

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