river blindness

noun

Definition of river blindness

Examples of river blindness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet ivermectin—a drug typically used by humans to treat gastrointestinal parasites and river blindness and commonly used in veterinary medicine for deworming horses, cows, cats, and dogs—has become a wildly popular COVID-19 treatment. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 31 Mar. 2022 The illness, also known as river blindness, was caused by a parasitic worm and treated with ivermectin. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 Ivermectin has historically been used to treat diseases such as river blindness or scabies in humans and, in some formulations, to prevent heartworm disease and other infestations in animals. al, 18 Jan. 2022 The century-old suramin, currently used to treat African sleeping sickness and river blindness (onchocerciasis), has also gotten some traction as a potential Covid-19 treatment. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Thanks to ivermectin, river blindness has been essentially eliminated in 11 Latin American countries, preventing approximately 600,000 cases of blindness. Jeffrey R. Aeschlimann, The Conversation, 14 Oct. 2021 Ivermectin underwent trials to treat river blindness in 1982 and was approved in 1987. Jeffrey R. Aeschlimann, The Conversation, 14 Oct. 2021 These two decades of extensive work to discover, develop and distribute ivermectin helped to significantly reduce human suffering from river blindness. Jeffrey R. Aeschlimann, The Conversation, 14 Oct. 2021 In the 1980s it was commercially distributed worldwide for the treatment of parasitic diseases, particularly river blindness. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of river blindness

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of river blindness was in 1952

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“River blindness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/river%20blindness. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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river blindness

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