Definition of ascarid in English:

ascarid

Syllabification: as·ca·rid
Pronunciation: /ˈaskərid
 
/
(also ascaris /-ris/)

noun

Zoology
  • A parasitic nematode worm of a family (Ascaridae) whose members typically live in the intestines of vertebrates.
    More example sentences
    • It also is used to eliminate worms (ascaris and pin worms).
    • Raccoons may be cute, but many of them carry raccoon roundworm, an ascarid that can infect children.
    • Roundworms, also know as ascarids, are transmitted from mothers to nursing kittens or through the cat ingesting eggs or other hosts (such as mice) that are infected with the eggs.

Origin

late 17th century: back-formation from Greek askarides, plural of askaris 'intestinal worm'.

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