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[trih-kahy-nuh] /trɪˈkaɪ nə/
noun, plural trichinae
[trih-kahy-nee] /trɪˈkaɪ ni/ (Show IPA)
a nematode, Trichinella spiralis, the adults of which live in the intestine and produce larvae that encyst in the muscle tissue, especially in pigs, rats, and humans.
Origin of trichina
1825-35; < New Latin < Greek tríchina, noun use of feminine of tríchinos of hair. See trich-, -ine1 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -nae (-niː)
a parasitic nematode worm, Trichinella spiralis, occurring in the intestines of pigs, rats, and man and producing larvae that form cysts in skeletal muscle
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek trikhinos relating to hair, from thrix a hair
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trichina tri·chi·na (trĭ-kī'nə)
n. pl. tri·chi·nae (-nē)
A small, slender parasitic nematode (Trichinella spiralis) that infests the intestines of various mammals and whose larvae move through the bloodstream, becoming encysted in muscles.

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