verminous

adjective
ver·​min·​ous | \ˈvər-mə-nəs \

Definition of verminous 

1 : consisting of or being vermin : noxious

2 : forming a breeding place for or infested by vermin : filthy verminous garbage

3 : caused by vermin verminous disease

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Men, women and children languished there in conditions of almost unimaginable squalor, brutality, overcrowding, starvation, verminous infestation and neglect. Patrick Mcgrath, New York Times, "A Dumping Ground for the Poor, the Criminal and the Mad," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of verminous

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for verminous

vermin + -ous, probably originally after Latin verminōs "infested with maggots," from vermin- (base of vermināre "to be affected with griping pains, to be infested with maggots"—latter sense by false association with vermis "worm"—derivative of vermina "racking pains") + -ōsus -ose entry 1

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verminous

adjective
ver·​min·​ous | \ˈvər-mə-nəs \

Medical Definition of verminous 

1 : consisting of, infested with, or being vermin

2 : caused by parasitic worms verminous gastritis

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