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[trik-uh-noh-sis] /ˌtrɪk əˈnoʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology.
a disease resulting from infestation with Trichinella spiralis, occurring in humans, caused by ingestion of infested, undercooked pork, and characterized by fever, muscle weakness, and diarrhea.
Also, trichiniasis
[trik-uh-nahy-uh-sis] /ˌtrɪk əˈnaɪ ə sɪs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of trichinosis
First recorded in 1865-70; trichin(a) + -osis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • trichinosis is one of the most fatal of diseases, but fortunately is not common.

    Encyclopedia of Diet Eugene Christian
  • On the 26th of April the animal seemed to be attacked with symptoms of trichinosis.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • In about ten days the animal showed the most marked symptoms of trichinosis.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • This causes a painful and often fatal disease known as trichinosis.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • Consequently his mind was in a whirl of icebergs, Maupassant, and trichinosis.

    The Trimmed Lamp

    O. Henry
  • Oedema is a characteristic and pathognomonic symptom of trichinosis, and is seldom so slight as to escape attention.

  • Fever may be absent in mild cases of trichinosis, but is considerable in the severer forms, though not in the first few days.

  • Of these the most serious by far is the worm which causes the disease called trichinosis in man.

    The Pig Sanders Spencer
  • Yes, splenic fever is no doubt produced by bacteria just as itch is produced by acaries and trichinosis by trichin.

    Louis Pasteur Ren Vallery-Radot
  • Meats must be inspected for diseases, such as tuberculosis in beef, or trichinosis in pork.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for trichinosis


a disease characterized by nausea, fever, diarrhoea, and swelling of the muscles, caused by ingestion of pork infected with trichina larvae Also called trichiniasis (ˌtrɪkɪˈnaɪəsɪs)
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin trichina
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Word Origin and History for trichinosis

"disease caused by trichinae," 1866, coined by Bernhard Rupprecht (1815-1877) from trichina (1835), Modern Latin, genus name of certain minute parasitic worms, from Greek trikhine, fem. of trikhinos "of or like hair," from thrix (genitive trikhos) "hair."

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trichinosis in Medicine

trichinosis trich·i·no·sis (trĭk'ə-nō'sĭs)
A disease caused by eating undercooked meat, usually pork, that is infested with trichinae, which develop as adults in the intestines and as larvae in the muscles, causing intestinal disorders, fever, nausea, muscular pain, and edema of the face.

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trichinosis in Science
A disease caused by the parasitic nematode Trichinella spiralis that is ingested as larvae found in the muscle tissue of undercooked meat, especially pork. Once digested, the larvae develop into adult worms in the intestinal tract. Trichinosis is characterized by fever, intestinal pain, nausea, muscular pain, and edema.
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trichinosis in Culture
trichinosis [(trik-uh-noh-sis)]

A disease caused by eating raw or undercooked pork infested with a kind of worm that lives as a parasite. The disease is characterized by nausea, diarrhea, and pain and swelling in the muscles.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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