Definition of Guinea worm
1. Noun. 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.
2. Noun. Parasitic roundworm of India and Africa that lives in the abdomen or beneath the skin of humans and other vertebrates.
Generic synonyms: Nematode, Nematode Worm, Roundworm
Group relationships: Dracunculus, Genus Dracunculus
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Literary usage of Guinea worm
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1. Tropical diseases: A Manual of the Diseases of Warm Climates by Patrick Manson (1906)
"Guinea-worm is not equally diffused throughout this extensive area ; it tends ... Although guinea-worm is sometimes seen in Europe, this is only in natives ..."
2. Introduction to Infectious and Parasitic Diseases: Including Their Cause and by Millard Langfeld (1907)
"FILARIA Or guinea-worm, is a round worm which MEDINENSIS develops in the subcutaneous tissues. (Dracunculus Only the female is known. ..."
3. Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal (1806)
"180G. Mr Eton's Cafes of guinea worm. IV. Cafes of guinea worm, ... I never had an opportunity of feeing a fingle cafe of guinea worm, until it broke out in ..."
4. The Influence of Tropical Climates on European Constitutions: To which is by James Johnson (1827)
"TH B dracunculus or Guinea-worm deserves to be better known, for it gives rise to very important and very distressing effects in tropical climates. ..."
5. The British Journal of Dermatology by British Association of Dermatology (1896)
"This new treatment of guinea-worm ought to have an extensive trial. On the West Coast of Africa the parasite amounts to a serious pest. ..."
6. The Principles and Practice of Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery by Thomas Wharton Jones (1863)
"Cases of the guinea worm under the conjunctiva are on record. SECTION II.—DISEASES OF THE SEMILUNAR FOLD AND ..."