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)

Examples of trypanosome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Animals that might harbor trypanosomes were hunted down. Carey Baraka, Quartz Africa, 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, 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, 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 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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