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hookworm

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʊkwəːm
 
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Definition of hookworm in English:

noun

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
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.

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