liver fluke
noun Date: circa 1798 any of various trematode worms (as Fasciola hepatica) that invade the mammalian liver

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  • liver fluke — n any of various trematode worms that invade the mammalian liver esp one of the genus Fasciola (F. hepatica) that is a major parasite of the liver, bile ducts, and gallbladder of cattle and sheep, causes fascioliasis in humans, and uses snails of …   Medical dictionary

  • liver fluke — n. any of various trematodes (esp. Clonorchis sinensis) that in the adult stage live as parasites in the liver of various vertebrates, including humans …   English World dictionary

  • Liver fluke — Fasciola hepatica Liver flukes are a polyphyletic group of trematodes (phylum Platyhelminthes). Adults of liver flukes are localized in the liver of various mammals, including humans. These flatworms can occur in bile ducts, gallbladder, and… …   Wikipedia

  • liver fluke — noun flatworm parasitic in liver and bile ducts of domestic animals and humans (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑Fasciola hepatica • Hypernyms: ↑fluke, ↑trematode, ↑trematode worm • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • liver fluke — /liv euhr/ any of various trematodes, as Fasciola hepatica, parasitic in the liver and bile ducts of domestic animals and humans. [1785 95] * * *       any of certain parasitic flatworms that invade the liver of the host animal. See fluke. * * * …   Universalium

  • liver fluke — noun a fluke of which the adult lives in the liver of a vertebrate and the larva in a secondary host such as a snail or fish. [Fasciola hepatica and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • liver fluke — liv′er fluke [[t]ˈlɪv ər[/t]] n. ivt any of various trematodes, as Fasciola hepatica, parasitic in the liver and bile ducts of mammels • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • liver fluke — /ˈlɪvə fluk/ (say livuh floohk) noun a cestode platyhelminth parasitic worm, Fasciola hepatica, which lives in the bile ducts of sheep …   Australian English dictionary

  • chinese liver fluke — noun Usage: usually capitalized C : a common and destructive Asian liver fluke (Clonorchis sinensis) that invades the human liver * * * /liv euhr/ a parasitic Asian flatworm, Clonorchis sinensis, that infects the gastrointestinal tract and bile… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chinese liver fluke — n a common and destructive Asian liver fluke of the genus Clonorchis (C. sinensis) that has a complex life cycle involving a mollusk and a fish as intermediate hosts and that esp. in eastern and southeastern Asia is a serious human parasite… …   Medical dictionary

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