guinea worm
noun Date: 1699 a slender nematode worm (Dracunculus medinensis) of tropical regions that is parasitic in humans, has no known animal reservoir, and has an adult female that infests subcutaneous tissues and may attain a length of several feet

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  • Guinea worm — Guinea Guin ea (g[i^]n [ e]), n. 1. A district on the west coast of Africa (formerly noted for its export of gold and slaves) after which the Guinea fowl, Guinea grass, Guinea peach, etc., are named. [1913 Webster] 2. A gold coin of England… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • guinea worm — n a slender tropical nematode worm of the genus Dracunculus (D. medinensis) that is a human parasite with no known animal reservoir, has an adult female that may attain a length of several feet, and is characterized by a life cycle which includes …   Medical dictionary

  • Guinea worm — n. a nematode worm (Dracunculus medinensis) of tropical Africa and S Asia, parasitic as an adult in the subcutaneous tissues of humans and other mammals: the female can reach a length of c. 90 cm ( c. 3 ft) …   English World dictionary

  • guinea worm — a long, slender, roundworm, Dracunculus medinensis, parasitic under the skin of humans and animals, common in parts of India and Africa. Also, Guinea worm. [1690 1700] * * * or medina worm or dragon worm Nematode (Dracunculus medinensis) that is… …   Universalium

  • Guinea worm — noun 1. a painful and debilitating infestation contracted by drinking stagnant water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae that can mature inside a human s abdomen until the worm emerges through a painful blister in the person s skin • Syn:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • guinea-worm — noun A long, white parasitic worm which can live in the human skin. the rishta doctors patiently removing guinea worms, making an incision, trapping the three foot long creatures head in a cleft at the end of a stick, and then slowly winding it… …   Wiktionary

  • Guinea worm — noun a very long parasitic nematode worm which lives under the skin of infected humans and other mammals in rural Africa and Asia. [Dracunculus medinensis.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • guinea worm — a nematode worm, Dracunculus medinensis, that is a parasite of humans. The white threadlike adult female, 60–120 cm long, lives in the connective tissues beneath the skin. It releases its larvae into a large blister on the legs or arms; when the… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • guinea worm — guin′ea (or Guin′ea) worm n. ivt a long, slender roundworm, Dracunculus medinensis, parasitic under the skin of humans and other mammals, common in parts of India and Africa …   From formal English to slang

  • guinea worm — /ˈgɪni wɜm/ (say ginee werm) noun a long, slender, nematode worm, Dracunculus medinensis, parasitic under the skin of humans and other animals, common in parts of India and Africa …   Australian English dictionary

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