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noun an·i·sa·kis \ˌa-nə-ˈsā-kəs\

Medical Definition of anisakis

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of nematode worms (family Anisakidae) that are parasitic in fish and mammals and that include one (Anisakis simplex) which causes anisakiasis

  2. 2plural anisakis :  a nematode of the genus Anisakis Raw and undercooked fish can contain larvae of a roundworm, called anisakis.—The Contra Costa Times (California), 22 Oct. 2007


\ˌa-nə-ˈsā-kəd\ play noun The anisakids are likely to be about the size of a straight pin, but somewhat coiled.—Harvard Medical School Health Letter, March 1989 The most common culprits they see in marine fish are anisakid roundworm larvae.—Claire Panosian Dunavan, Discover, March 2009

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