hookworm
noun Date: 1902 1. any of several parasitic nematode worms (family Ancylostomatidae) that have strong buccal hooks or plates for attaching to the host's intestinal lining and that include serious bloodsucking pests 2. infestation with or disease caused by hookworms; especially a lethargic anemic state in humans due to blood loss from hookworms feeding in the small intestine

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  • hookworm — ☆ hookworm [hook′wʉrm΄ ] n. any of a superfamily (Ancylostomatoidea) of small, parasitic, intestinal nematode worms with hooks around the mouth: found esp. in tropical climates …   English World dictionary

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  • hookworm — UK [ˈhʊkˌwɜː(r)m] / US [ˈhʊkˌwɜrm] noun Word forms hookworm : singular hookworm plural hookworms 1) [countable] a long thin creature that lives in the intestines of humans and other animals, and that can cause disease 2) [uncountable] the disease …   English dictionary

  • hookworm — hookwormy, adj. /hook werrm /, n. 1. any of certain bloodsucking nematode worms, as Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus, parasitic in the intestine of humans and other animals. 2. Also called hookworm disease. a disease caused by… …   Universalium

  • hookworm — n. either of two nematode worms, Necator americanus or Ancylostoma duodenale, which live as parasites in the human intestine. Both species, also known as the New and Old World hookworms respectively, are of great medical importance (see hookworm… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • hookworm — /ˈhʊkwɜm / (say hookwerm) noun 1. any of certain bloodsucking nematode worms, as Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus, parasitic in the intestine of humans and other animals. 2. → hookworm disease …   Australian English dictionary

  • hookworm — noun Any of various parasitic bloodsucking roundworms which cause disease, especially the species Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus. They have hooked mouthparts and enter their hosts by boring through the skin …   Wiktionary

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