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eye worm

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  1. a filarial worm, Loa loa, of western and central Africa, that is parasitic in the skin, or subcutaneous tissue, of human beings, often migrating into the eye region.
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Origin of eye worm

First recorded in 1585–95
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Historical Examples

  • One of the most interesting equine nematodes is the eye-worm.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • The African eye-worm is another example of a parasite causing mechanical injury only at certain times.

    Insects and Diseases

    Rennie W. Doane