- any parasitic roundworm of the genus Ascaris, found in the human small intestine and causing colic and diarrhea.
Origin of ascaris
< New Latin (Linnaeus), the genus < Greek ascarís intestinal worm; compare earlier, late Middle English ascarides (plural) < Medieval Latin < Greek
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Examples from the Web for ascarides
In ascarides, gonorrha, and some affections of the lower bowels and bladder, when the stomach rejects the balsam.
In ascarides, especially when occurring in childhood; the quantity used being proportionately lessened.
A little later in life children are liable to ascarides or seat worms, called by some “pin worms.”Plain Talks on Avoided Subjects
Henry Newell Guernsey
The symptoms are those of ascarides, but I could not persuade him to take medicine therefor.The Funny Side of Physic
A. D. Crabtre
The child which has Ascarides lumbricoides in its stomach is not necessarily ill.Animal Parasites and Messmates
P. J. Van Beneden
- A genus of large roundworms parasitic in the small intestine of humans and other vertebrates.
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