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[hwip-wurm, wip-] /ˈʰwɪpˌwɜrm, ˈwɪp-/
any of several parasitic nematodes of the genus Trichuris, having a long, slender, whiplike anterior end.
Origin of whipworm
First recorded in 1870-75; whip + worm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The whipworm infests the ccum, and also the upper part of the colon.

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  • When treating patients for tapeworm I have repeatedly expelled the whipworm.

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  • Next in frequency, perhaps, is the whipworm (Trichocephalus dispar), which monkeys of all kinds harbor in common with man.

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  • Another nematode common to the fox and dogs, and infesting the ccum, is the whipworm (Trichocephalus depressiusculus).

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  • As before remarked, the whipworm has been known to produce severe symptoms in man, and it occasions scour in the sheep.

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British Dictionary definitions for whipworm


any of several parasitic nematode worms of the genus Trichuris, esp T. trichiura, having a whiplike body and living in the intestines of mammals
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whipworm in Medicine

whipworm whip·worm (wĭp'wûrm')
See Trichuris.

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