- 1A parasitic nematode worm which inhabits the intestines of humans and other animals. It has hook-like mouthparts with which it attaches itself to the wall of the gut, puncturing the blood vessels and feeding on the blood.
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- Ancylostoma, Uncinaria, Necator, and other genera, class Phasmida, including N. americanus, which infects millions of people in the tropics
- Back in the Stone Age (or the Middle Ages, for that matter), the immunoglobulin E system had its hands full fighting off roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and flukes; it had no time for being precious about dust mites and cat hair.
- House flies are suspected of transmitting at least 65 human diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis, anthrax, leprosy, food poisoning, pinworms, hookworms, and some tapeworms.
- Adult roundworms and hookworms are parasites that live in your pet's small intestine.
- 1.1 [mass noun] A disease caused by an infestation of hookworms, often resulting in severe anaemia.More example sentences
- It conducted important research on such endemic parasitical diseases as hookworm, malaria, and yellow fever.
- The troops suffered from malaria, dengue fever, beriberi, hookworm and pellagra.
- He was a public health scientist who cruised tropical rivers and hacked his way through jungles - a man who tirelessly fought hookworm, yellow fever, malaria and typhus fever in countries all over the world.
More definitions of hookwormDefinition of hookworm in:
- The US English dictionary