triatoma

noun
tri·​at·​o·​ma | \ trī-ˈat-ə-mə How to pronounce triatoma (audio) \

Medical Definition of triatoma

1 capitalized : a genus of large blood-sucking bugs that are usually placed in the family Reduviidae but sometimes assigned to a separate family and that feed on mammals and sometimes transmit Chagas disease to their hosts — see conenose
2 : any bug of the genus Triatoma

Learn More about triatoma

Cite this Entry

“Triatoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/triatoma. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

Comments on triatoma

What made you want to look up triatoma? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!