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anisakis

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noun an·i·sa·kis \ ˌa-nə-ˈsā-kəs \

medical Definition of anisakis

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 plural 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

anisakid

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

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