snail fever


Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It was written in 1958 to celebrate the country’s victory over snail fever, a disease that blighted the lives of many millions of people in China (and still afflicts thousands). The Economist, 11 June 2020 Schistosomiasis, also known as snail fever and bilharzia, is a parasitic worm infection that slowly destroys the kidneys and liver. The Economist, 23 June 2018 Schistosomiasis is sometimes called bilharzia or snail fever because the illness-causing larvae spend their nights tucked away in the shells of snails in freshwater lakes. Heather Murphy, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2018

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Word History


from the snails which serve as intermediate hosts to the schistosomes causing the disease

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snail fever was in 1947

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“Snail fever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

snail fever

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