snail fever

noun

Examples of snail fever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The disease is schistosomiasis, aka snail fever. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 5 Aug. 2020 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

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snail fever was in 1947

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“Snail fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snail%20fever. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

snail fever

noun
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