screwworm

noun
screw·worm | \ˈskrü-ˌwərm \

Definition of screwworm 

1 : a blowfly (Cochliomyia hominivorax) of the warmer parts of America whose larva develops in sores or wounds or in the nostrils of mammals including humans with serious or sometimes fatal results especially : its larva

2 : any of several flies other than the screwworm and especially their larvae which parasitize the flesh of mammals

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An outbreak of grisly screwworm infected the planet’s last herd of Key deer on and around Big Pine in 2016, killing about 135 deer. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "A third of nation’s wildlife at risk of disappearing, report says | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 In Florida, a screwworm outbreak killed 135 Key deer last year and white-nose syndrome among bats has killed more than 5 million. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "A third of nation’s wildlife at risk of disappearing, report says | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 First, after a nasty infection by the larvae of a parasitic fly called the screwworm began to infest the population in the fall of 2016. David Goodhue, miamiherald, "What happened to the tiny Key deer during Hurricane Irma?," 11 Sep. 2017 From the 1950s to the early 2000s, a massive effort went into eradicating invasive screwworms—which burrow into the flesh of livestock—from the United States down to Panama. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "Genetically Modified Moths Come to New York," 8 Sep. 2017 The infestation was finally eliminated after scientists released roughly 124 million sterile screwworm flies to mate with wild flies. David Goodhue, miamiherald, "What happened to the tiny Key deer during Hurricane Irma?," 11 Sep. 2017 The herd faced a potential extinction event last year when the first screwworm infestation in the U.S. in 30 years. Bloomberg.com, "URGENT: The Latest: Dutch Government: 4 Irma Deaths on St. Maarten," 10 Sep. 2017

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1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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screwworm

noun
screw·worm | \ˈskrü-ˌwərm \

Medical Definition of screwworm 

1 : either of two dipteran flies of the genus Cochliomyia:

a : one (C. hominivorax) of the warmer parts of America whose larva develops in sores or wounds or in the nostrils of mammals including humans with serious or sometimes fatal results especially : its larva

b : secondary screwworm

2 : a dipteran fly of the genus Chrysomya (C. bezziana) that causes myiasis in Africa and southern Asia

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