schistosome

noun
schis·to·some | \ ˈshi-stə-ˌsōm \

Definition of schistosome 

: any of a genus (Schistosoma) of elongated trematode worms with the sexes separate that parasitize the blood vessels of birds and mammals and cause a destructive human schistosomiasis broadly : a worm of the family (Schistosomatidae) that includes this genus

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schistosomal \ˌshi-stə-ˈsō-məl \ adjective
schistosome adjective

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People also got itchy rashes thanks to parasites called avian schistosomes, which usually infect birds and a specific species of snail. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "There might be poop in the water you’re swimming in so please don’t swallow it, CDC says," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of schistosome

1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schistosome

New Latin Schistosoma, from Greek schistos + sōma body

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schistosome

noun
schis·to·some | \ ˈshis-tə-ˌsōm , ˈskis- \

Medical Definition of schistosome 

: any trematode worm of the genus Schistosoma or of the family Schistosomatidae

called also blood fluke

Other words from schistosome

schistosomal \ˌshis-tə-ˈsō-məl, ˌskis- \ adjective

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