whipworm

noun
whip·​worm | \ ˈhwip-ˌwərm How to pronounce whipworm (audio) , ˈwip-\

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

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Many dog owners were confounded upon reading that whipworms were found during the necropsy of Boppy. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Dog care is back in the news, and mushers must confront the issue," 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, "Yukon Quest bans two-time champ from 2019 race after necropsy reveals dead dog had preventable health problems," 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, "Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners’ Dietary Habits," 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, "Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners’ Dietary Habits," 9 July 2018 The analysis also identified a handful of parasites that only infect humans such as the giant roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides) and the whipworm (Trichuris trichiura). Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "DNA from Ancient Latrines Reveal What People Ate Centuries Ago," 4 May 2018 By sequencing the mitochondrial DNA of the parasite eggs, the researchers found that Northern European whipworms from 1000 C.E. to 1700 C.E. were more closely related to worms found in present-day Uganda than to those in present-day China. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "DNA from Ancient Latrines Reveal What People Ate Centuries Ago," 4 May 2018 On top of that, the exam on Boppy's body showed that the dog had stomach ulcers, intestinal inflammation, whipworm infestation, skeletal muscle necrosis and severe weight loss. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Banned from Yukon Quest over dog care concerns, Hugh Neff says he is being unfairly targeted," 27 Apr. 2018 One gram of dog poop can contain up to 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, and dog poop is also a common carrier of whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, parvo, coronavirus, giardia, salmonella, cryptosporidium, and campylobacter. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "It’s Time to Talk About Dog Poop," 27 Mar. 2018

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1875, in the meaning defined above

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whipworm

noun
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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