Dracunculus Dra·cun·cu·lus (drə-kŭng'kyə-ləs)
A genus of nematodes that includes parasitic species such as Dracunculus medinensis, which migrates within subcutaneous tissues and forms chronic ulcers in the skin.
dracunculus, a plant spotted with various colours, like a vipers skin, was supposed to be a remedy for all kinds of snake-stings.
The Leipsic helminthologist had, indeed, specially instructed Fedschenko as to the probable source of dracunculus.
It is dracunculus vulgaris, and derives its name from its stem, which is spotted like a snake.