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ascaris

[as-kuh-ris]
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noun, plural as·car·i·des [a-skar-i-deez] /æˈskær ɪˌdiz/.
  1. any parasitic roundworm of the genus Ascaris, found in the human small intestine and causing colic and diarrhea.
Also ascarid.

Origin of ascaris

< New Latin (Linnaeus), the genus < Greek ascarís intestinal worm; compare earlier, late Middle English ascarides (plural) < Medieval Latin < Greek
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Examples from the Web for ascaris

Historical Examples

  • Ascaris cephaloptera, Rudolphi.Diaphanocephalus viper, Rudolphi.

    The Snakes of Europe

    G. A. Boulenger

  • A species of Ascaris and a Trichosoma (T. entomelas) are not uncommon in the intestines.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • This bird was also infested by Spiroptera crassicauda and Ascaris dispar.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • This Ascaris has also been found in Cercopithecus fuliginosus and in Simia saba.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • One of the commonest species is Ascaris (Heterakis) vesicularis.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold


ascaris in Medicine

Ascaris

(ăskə-rĭs)
n.
  1. A genus of large roundworms parasitic in the small intestine of humans and other vertebrates.
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