Definition of Hookworm

1. Noun. Parasitic bloodsucking roundworms having hooked mouth parts to fasten to the intestinal wall of human and other hosts.

2. Noun. Infestation of the intestines by hookworms which enter the body (usually) through the skin.
Exact synonyms: Hookworm Disease
Generic synonyms: Helminthiasis

Definition of Hookworm

1. Noun. Any of various parasitic bloodsucking roundworms which cause disease, especially the species ''Ancylostoma duodenale'' and ''Necator americanus''. They have hooked mouthparts and enter their hosts by boring through the skin. ¹

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Definition of Hookworm

1. a parasitic worm [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hookworm

1. A parasitic intestinal infection caused most commonly by Necator americanus or Ancylostoma duodenale. Individuals may be asymptomatic and be carriers. Infection occurs when the larvae invade exposed skin, most commonly the feet. Symptoms can be similar to peptic ulcer disease. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hookworm

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hookworm (current term)
hookworm anaemia
hookworm disease
hookworm infections
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Literary usage of Hookworm

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1922)
"(1) the relation of the chicken and pig to the spread of hookworm disease, (2) some of the factors influencing the hatching of the eggs, (3) the migrations ..."

2. Annual Report by Rockefeller Foundation (1921)
"II FIELD STUDIES OF hookworm DISEASE Drs. Darling and Smillie have conducted in Brazil a number of investigations in which they have sought to throw light ..."

3. Preventive Medicine and Hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau, George Chandler Whipple, John William Trask, Thomas William Salmon (1921)
"It is now plain that hookworm disease presents a sanitary problem of first ... hookworm disease encircles the globe in the tropical and subtropical climes ..."

4. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1914)
"Song; poem. Cent. 88: 534. Ag. 44. Hooker, Joseph, 1814-1879. Union portraits: Joseph Hooker. G. Bradford. Allan. 114: 19-30. Jl. '14. hookworm disease. ..."

5. Handbook of Therapy by Oliver Thomas Osborne, Morris Fishbein (1920)
"hookworm DISEASE This disease is found in all tropical and southern temperate zones; ... The hookworm was discovered in Porto Rico by Major Ashford, ..."

6. Health and Disease: Their Determining Factors by Roger Irving Lee (1917)
"hookworm Disease hookworm disease is of immense economic importance in the ... In the Old World, hookworm disease was probably known nearly 3500 years ago, ..."

7. Uncle Walt: Walt Mason the Poet Philosopher by Walt Mason (1910)
"The hookworm, deadly as an asp, has got you in its loathsome grasp! But I will break the hookworm lose, and cook its everlasting goose! ..."

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