- 1A parasitic nematode worm that inhabits the intestines of humans and other animals. It has hooklike 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.
- 1.1A disease caused by an infestation of hookworms, often resulting in severe anemia.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.
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