trypanosome

noun
try·​pano·​some | \ tri-ˈpa-nə-ˌsōm How to pronounce trypanosome (audio) \

Definition of trypanosome

: any of a genus (Trypanosoma) of parasitic flagellate protozoans that infest the blood of various vertebrates including humans, are usually transmitted by the bite of an insect, and include some that cause serious diseases (such as sleeping sickness and Chagas disease)

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Recent Examples on the Web Animals that might harbor trypanosomes were hunted down. Carey Baraka, Quartz Africa, "I am alive because my Kenyan great-grandfather quarantined 100 years ago and here we go again," 26 Apr. 2020 The cause of the headaches, weakness and pain were trypanosomes, tiny parasites spread by the bite of the tsetste fly — a companion of the elephants. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the World, Oct. 30," 30 Oct. 2019 The cause of the headaches, weakness and pain were trypanosomes, tiny parasites spread by the bite of the tsetste fly — a companion of the elephants. Washington Post, "Malawi fights tsetse flies, disease after wildlife relocated," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of trypanosome

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trypanosome

New Latin Trypanosoma, from Greek trypanon auger + New Latin -soma -some — more at trepan

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The first known use of trypanosome was in 1903

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“Trypanosome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trypanosome. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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trypanosome

noun
try·​pano·​some | \ tri-ˈpan-ə-ˌsōm How to pronounce trypanosome (audio) \

Medical Definition of trypanosome

: any flagellate of the genus Trypanosoma

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