pinworm

noun pin·worm \ ˈpin-ˌwərm \
|Updated on: 10 Aug 2018

Definition of pinworm

1 : any of numerous small nematode worms (family Oxyuridae) that infest the intestines and especially the cecum of various vertebrates; especially : a worm (Enterobius vermicularis) parasitic in humans
2 : any of several rather slender insect larvae that burrow in plant tissue

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First Known Use of pinworm

1846

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pinworm

noun pin·worm \ ˈpin-ˌwərm \

medical Definition of pinworm

: any of numerous small nematode worms of the family Oxyuridae that have the tail of the female prolonged into a sharp point and infest the intestines and especially the cecum of various vertebrates; especially : a worm of the genus Enterobius (E. vermicularis) that is parasitic in humans


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