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whipworm

Syllabification: whip·worm
Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wipˌwərm
 
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Definition of whipworm in English:

noun

A parasitic nematode worm with a stout posterior and slender anterior part, especially one that infests the intestines of domestic animals.
  • Genus Trichuris, class Aphasmida (or Adenophorea)
Example sentences
  • He came up with the idea after noticing that a rise in cases of IBD coincided with a drop in infections caused by roundworms and human whipworms.
  • These parasites, such as roundworm, hookworm and whipworm, are found in the soil in some areas and spread through ingestion of infected soil or through the soles of bare feet.
  • For example, transmission of roundworm, whipworm and hookworm requires a warm wet environment to ensure survival of eggs or larvae in soil that is contaminated with human faeces.

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