Definition of Onchocerciasis

1. Noun. Infestation with slender threadlike roundworms (filaria) deposited under the skin by the bite of black fleas; when the eyes are involved it can result in blindness; common in Africa and tropical America.

Exact synonyms: River Blindness
Generic synonyms: Infestation



Definition of Onchocerciasis

1. Noun. (medicine) A disease caused by a worm of the genus ''Onchocerca'', especially as transmitted to humans by flies and often causing blindness; common in tropical Africa. ¹

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Definition of Onchocerciasis

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Medical Definition of Onchocerciasis

1. Infection with nematodes of the genus onchocerca. Characteristics include the presence of firm subcutaneous nodules filled with adult worms, pruritus, and ocular lesions. (12 Dec 1998)

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Literary usage of Onchocerciasis

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1. Investment and Input Requirements for Accelerating Food Production in Low by Peter Oram (1979)
"It is estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that onchocerciasis affects some 10 million people, mainly in Africa. It has virtually depopulated ..."

2. The Health Gap: Beyond Pregnancy and Reproduction by Jennifer Kitts, Janet Hatcher Roberts (1996)
"onchocerciasis, for example, can result in a disfiguring skin condition that ... Until recently, skin disease associated with onchocerciasis has been given ..."

3. Health Information for International Travel by DIANE Publishing Company (1996)
"onchocerciasis is transmitted by the bite of female Simulium flies (black flies) that bite by ... Short-term travelers to onchocerciasis-endemic regions, ..."

4. Resolving the Ddt Dilemma: Protecting Biodiversity and Human Health by Patricia Matteson (1999)
"The onchocerciasis Control Programme (OCP), started by a group of seven West African countries in 1974, is now achieving disease control with aerial ..."

5. Promoting U.S. Economic Relations with Africa: Report of an Independent Task by Peggy Dulany, Frank Savage, Salih Booker (1998)
"JORDAN KASSALOW is the Director of onchocerciasis Programs for Helen Keller International. He is also a member of the Technical Consultative Committee for ..."

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