stron·​gyle | \ ˈsträn-ˌjī(-ə)l How to pronounce strongyle (audio) , -jəl \

Definition of strongyle

: 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

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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, "History of Medicine: Ancient Poop Reveals Parasitic Worms Described by Hippocrates 2,500 Years Ago," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of strongyle

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strongyle

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

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“Strongyle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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stron·​gyle | \ ˈsträn-ˌjīl How to pronounce strongyle (audio) \

Medical Definition of strongyle

: 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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