xenodiagnosis

noun

xe·​no·​di·​ag·​no·​sis ˌze-nō-ˌdī-ig-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce xenodiagnosis (audio) ˌzē- How to pronounce xenodiagnosis (audio)
: the detection of a parasite (as of humans) by feeding a suitable intermediate host (such as an insect) on supposedly infected material (such as blood) and later examining the host for the parasite
xenodiagnostic adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of xenodiagnosis was circa 1929

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“Xenodiagnosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xenodiagnosis. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

xenodiagnosis

noun
xe·​no·​di·​ag·​no·​sis ˌzen-ō-ˌdī-ig-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce xenodiagnosis (audio) ˌzēn- How to pronounce xenodiagnosis (audio)
plural xenodiagnoses -ˌsēz How to pronounce xenodiagnosis (audio)
: the detection of a parasite (as of humans) by feeding supposedly infected material (as blood) to a suitable intermediate host (as an insect) and later examining the intermediate host for the parasite
xenodiagnostic adjective
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