trich·​i·​no·​sis | \ ˌtri-kə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce trichinosis (audio) \
plural trichinoses\ ˌtri-​kə-​ˈnō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce trichinoses (audio) \

Definition of trichinosis

: infestation with or disease caused by trichinae and marked especially by muscular pain, dyspnea, fever, weakness, and edema

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Recent Examples on the Web Eating raw pork can cause a type of food poisoning called trichinosis. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "What You Need to Know About Reheating Food in the Microwave," 4 Sep. 2015 Eosinophils are usually sent out when the invader is a parasite like the one that causes trichinosis (from eating undercooked pork) or a tapeworm. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "Why Did the Young Woman’s Heartburn Keep Getting Worse?," 16 May 2018 For too long, we have been rewarded for bringing home the bacon while condemning the presence and prevalence of trichinosis in Congress. Andrew Rudalevige, Washington Post, "Yes, Congress could give Trump a line-item veto. And it might want to.," 9 Apr. 2018 This was done to kill bacteria that caused a gnarly disease called trichinosis. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "This Is the Secret to Juicy Pork Chops, Tenderloin, and More," 19 Dec. 2017 Despite Blue Fire Grille’s claims, its Tuesday inspection says the menu still suffers from trichinosis of truth. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Marriott restaurant caught serving “airline chicken” still not cooking whole truth," 8 Aug. 2017 If large numbers of larvae are ingested, trichinosis can be deadly, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Lisa Demer, Alaska Dispatch News, "Ten Alaskans were sickened by raw or undercooked walrus. A parasite was in the meat, CDC says.," 14 July 2017 Since 1975, 241 trichinosis cases were reported in Alaska, and 227 of them were from wild nonporcine game, mainly walrus or bear, according to the CDC. Lisa Demer, Alaska Dispatch News, "Ten Alaskans were sickened by raw or undercooked walrus. A parasite was in the meat, CDC says.," 14 July 2017 The infection, also known as trichinosis, is caused by eating the raw or undercooked meat of animals that are infected with a worm called Trichinella, according to the CDC. Daniella Emanuel, CNN, "Use caution eating walrus meat in Alaska, report urges," 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of trichinosis

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trichinosis

New Latin

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“Trichinosis.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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trich·​i·​no·​sis | \ ˌtrik-ə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce trichinosis (audio) \
plural trichinoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce trichinoses (audio) \

Medical Definition of trichinosis

: infestation with or disease caused by trichinae contracted by eating raw or insufficiently cooked infested food and especially pork and marked initially by abdominal discomfort and cramping, nausea, and diarrhea and later by muscular pain, dyspnea, fever, and edema

called also trichinelliasis, trichiniasis

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