screwworm
noun Date: 1879 1. a blowfly (Cochliomyia hominivorax) of the warmer parts of America whose larva develops in sores or wounds or in the nostrils of mammals including humans with serious or sometimes fatal results; especially its larva 2. any of several flies other than the screwworm and especially their larvae which parasitize the flesh of mammals

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  • screwworm — ☆ screwworm [skro͞o′wʉrm΄ ] n. the larva of an American blowfly (Cochliomyia hominivorax) that infests wounds, and the nostrils, navel, etc. of animals, often causing illness …   English World dictionary

  • screwworm — /skrooh werrm /, n. the larva of any of certain flies of the genus Callitroga, which sometimes infests wounds and the nose and navel of domestic animals and humans. [1875 80, Amer.; SCREW + WORM] * * * Any of several North and South American… …   Universalium

  • screwworm — noun The larva of the fly Cochliomyia hominivorax (new world screwworm) or Chrysomya bezziana (old word screwworm). The larva can be parasitic in humans and animals and are distinctive in eating living flesh of mammals unlike most maggots which… …   Wiktionary

  • screwworm — screw·worm skrü .wərm n 1) either of two dipteran flies of the genus Cochliomyia: a) one (C. hominivorax) of the warmer parts of America whose larva develops in sores or wounds or in the nostrils of mammals including humans with serious or… …   Medical dictionary

  • screwworm — /ˈskruwɜm/ (say skroohwerm) noun the larva of the screwworm fly …   Australian English dictionary

  • screwworm — n. (Zoology) larva of the blowfly (infests humans and animals and spreads disease) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • screwworm — screw•worm [[t]ˈskruˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ent the larva of a blow fly, Cochliomyia macellaria, that is a pest of livestock …   From formal English to slang

  • screwworm — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : a grub that is the larva of a two winged fly (Callitroga hominivorax) occurring in the warmer parts of America and sometimes laying its eggs in sores or wounds or in the nostrils of mammals including man, that is armed with… …   Useful english dictionary

  • screwworm fly — n the adult of a screwworm called also screwfly …   Medical dictionary

  • screwworm fly — noun : screwfly * * * the adult screwworm. Also called screw fly. [1905 10; Amer.] * * * screwworm fly, a blowfly that deposits its eggs in the sores of animals, the eggs developing into tiny larvae which eat into the wound. The screwworm fly… …   Useful english dictionary

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