Definition of Elephantiasis

1. Noun. Hypertrophy of certain body parts (usually legs and scrotum); the end state of the disease filariasis.

Definition of Elephantiasis

1. n. A disease of the skin, in which it become enormously thickened, and is rough, hard, and fissured, like an elephant's hide.

Definition of Elephantiasis

1. Noun. (pathology) A complication of chronic filariasis, in which nematode worms block the lymphatic vessels, usually in the legs or scrotum, causing extreme enlargement of the infected area. ¹

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Definition of Elephantiasis

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Medical Definition of Elephantiasis

1. A disease of the skin, in which it become enormously thickened, and is rough, hard, and fissured, like an elephant's hide. Origin: L, fr. Gr, from, an elephant. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Elephantiasis

elephant polo
elephant seal
elephant seals
elephant shrew
elephant shrews
elephant tree
elephant yam
elephantiasis neuromatosa
elephantiasis telangiectodes
elephantoid fever

Literary usage of Elephantiasis

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1. Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal (1840)
"Some account of the Tubercular form of elephantiasis, as it presents itself in the Island of Ceylon. By THOMAS B. PEACOCK, ..."

2. On diseases of the skin: A System of Cutaneous Medicine by Erasmus Wilson (1868)
"elephantiasis is a chronic disease, involving, especially, the skin, ... The cutaneous development of elephantiasis has the general type of an exanthema, ..."

3. A Dictionary of Medicine: Including General Pathology, General Therapeutics by Richard Quain, Frederick Thomas Roberts, John Mitchell Bruce, Samuel Treat Armstrong (1894)
"elephantiasis is endemic in India, the Malayan peninsula, China, Egypt, Arabia, the West Indies, and parts of America, chiefly in localities within the ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1874)
"Ligature of (he Femoral Artery for the Cure of elephantiasis Arabum. ... elephantiasis arabum of the left lower limb ; the limb subsequently nearly regained ..."

5. Tropical Diseases: A Manual of the Diseases of Warm Climates by Patrick Manson (1900)
"elephantiasis. Its prevalence.—elephantiasis is by far the most frequent manifestation of ... The scrotum is also a common situation for elephantiasis. ..."

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