Definition of bilharzia in English:

bilharzia

Line breaks: bil|har¦zia
Pronunciation: /bɪlˈhɑːtsɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1A chronic disease, endemic in parts of Africa and South America, caused by infestation with blood flukes (schistosomes). Also called bilharziasis or schistosomiasis.
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  • The main effects of hunger are apathy and disease - bilharzia, cholera, tuberculosis, HIV-Aids.
  • A family history of the disease, or chronic infection with the tropical diseases bilharzia also increase the risk of bladder cancer.
  • Some of the most common diseases are malaria, bilharzia, sexually transmitted diseases, tetanus, cholera, polio, and typhoid.
1.1A blood fluke (schistosome).
More example sentences
  • Bilharzia is transmitted by bathing in water infected with bilharzia larvae.
  • Bilharzia Fluke and other soil- transmitted worms have affected two million Zambians, the southern African country's health minister said here Monday.
  • It seems that the bilharzia fluke hasn't changed much over the centuries, and looking at the older specimens can be of help in fighting the disease/infestation.

Origin

mid 19th century: modern Latin, former name of the genus Schistosoma, named after T. Bilharz (1825–62), the German physician who discovered the parasite.

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