trem·​a·​tode | \ ˈtre-mə-ˌtōd How to pronounce trematode (audio) \

Definition of trematode

: any of a class (Trematoda) of parasitic usually hermaphroditic flatworms including the flukes

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trematode adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web The free-swimming trematode parasites that trigger swimmer's itch typically experience a three-host life cycle — starting with a mud snail, then a crab or a fish that will eventually be eaten by a bird. USA TODAY, "'Swimmer's itch' parasite burrows into fisherman's skin, now signs near Delaware pier warn others," 30 Sep. 2017 Periwinkle snails infected with the trematode species Cryptocotyle lingua, for instance, eat significantly less algae along their Atlantic coast homes, because the parasite weakens their digestive tracts. 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 trematode

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trematode

ultimately from Greek trēmatōdēs pierced with holes, from trēmat-, trēma hole, from tetrainein to bore — more at throw entry 1

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The first known use of trematode was circa 1859

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“Trematode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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trem·​a·​tode | \ ˈtrem-ə-ˌtōd How to pronounce trematode (audio) \

Medical Definition of trematode

: any parasitic flatworm (as a liver fluke) of the class Trematoda

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