ten·​u·​is | \ ˈten-yə-wəs How to pronounce tenuis (audio) \
plural tenues\ ˈten-​yə-​ˌwēz How to pronounce tenues (audio) , -​ˌwās \

Definition of tenuis

: an unaspirated voiceless stop

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Dirofilaria are usually found in dogs or other carnivores, according to the CDC, but have been known to infest humans, too, especially in Europe and with certain species - D. repens, D. tenuis and D. immitis (better known as heartworm in dogs). Lindsey Bever, chicagotribune.com, "Blemishes moving around Russian woman's face turned out to be a parasitic worm," 22 June 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that D. repens are not found in the US, but the country does harbor relatives D. immitis, which cause heartworm disease in dogs, and D. tenuis, which affect raccoons. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Selfies show worm slithered through woman’s face for 2 weeks," 22 June 2018 For example, when infected with nematode Trichostrongylus tenuis, the red grouse bird emits more scent that helps predators find and eat it more easily, thus serving to control the bird’s population. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "The World’s Parasites Are Going Extinct. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Thing," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of tenuis

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tenuis

borrowed from Medieval Latin (as translation of Greek psīlós "bare, plain," applied to the consonants π, τ, κ), going back to Latin, "thin, narrow, slight" — more at thin entry 1

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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