whip·​worm | \ ˈ(h)wip-ˌwərm How to pronounce whipworm (audio) \

Definition of whipworm

: a parasitic nematode worm (genus Trichuris) with a body that is thickened posteriorly and that is very long and slender anteriorly especially : one (T. trichiura) of the human intestine

Examples of whipworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Upon analysis, researchers realized that the substance contained parasitic whipworm eggs commonly found in feces. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2022 Enlarge / Microscopic egg of a whipworm found in the residue lining the chamber pot. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 Feb. 2022 The highest concentration of parasite eggs were found just below the stone toilet, and roundworm and whipworm were the most common eggs found. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Jan. 2022 Researchers, led by the Silkeborg Museum's Nina Nielsen, also reported finding eggs and proteins from intestinal worms, indicating that the man was infected with parasites including tapeworm, whipworm and mawworm. Julia Musto, Fox News, 25 July 2021 Many dog owners were confounded upon reading that whipworms were found during the necropsy of Boppy. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2018 McGill said race officials alerted the other 2018 Yukon Quest mushers as well as the communities the race passed through about the presence of whipworms on the trail, urging them to talk to a veterinarian about deworming protocols. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Apr. 2018 In addition to highlighting the contents of a typical 17th-century Danish diet, the latrines reveal the poor sanitary conditions of the period—roundworm, tapeworm and whipworm eggs were all present in the deposits. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 9 July 2018 Roundworm and whipworm are excreted with human feces and spread via food contaminated by insufficient handwashing or the use of fecal matter as fertilizer. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 9 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of whipworm

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Whipworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whipworm. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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whip·​worm | \ -ˌwərm How to pronounce whipworm (audio) \

Medical Definition of whipworm

: a parasitic nematode worm of the family Trichuridae with a body that is thickened posteriorly and that is very long and slender anteriorly especially : one of the genus Trichuris (T. trichiura) that parasitizes the human intestine

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