stron·​gyle ˈsträn-ˌjī(-ə)l How to pronounce strongyle (audio)
: any of various nematode worms (family Strongylidae) related to the hookworms and parasitic especially in the intestines and tissues of horses compare bloodworm sense 2

Examples of strongyle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two of the intestinal worms Hippocrates referenced were called Helmins strongyle (described as a large round worm) and Ascaris (a small round worm). Kastalia Medrano, Newsweek, 15 Dec. 2017

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Word History


New Latin Strongylus, genus of worms, from Greek strongylos round, compact; akin to Greek stranx drop squeezed out — more at strain

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of strongyle was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Strongyle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


stron·​gyle ˈsträn-ˌjīl How to pronounce strongyle (audio)
: strongylid
especially : a worm of the genus Strongylus or closely related genera that is parasitic especially in the intestines and tissues of the horse and may induce severe diarrhea and debility
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