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noun Wuch·er·e·ria \ˌwu̇k-ə-ˈrir-ē-ə\

Medical Definition of Wuchereria

  1. :  a genus of filarial worms of the family Dipetalonematidae including a parasite (W. bancrofti) that causes elephantiasis

Biographical Note for wuchereria


\ˈvu̇ḵ-ər-ər\play ,

Otto Eduard Heinrich

(1820–1873), German physician. Wucherer practiced medicine in London, Lisbon, and in several cities in Brazil. In 1866 he discovered hookworms in Brazil. That same year he discovered filarial worms of the genus Wuchereria (W. bancrofti) in chylous urine.

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