noun, plural as·car·i·des [a-skar-i-deez] /æˈskær ɪˌdiz/.

any parasitic roundworm of the genus Ascaris, found in the human small intestine and causing colic and diarrhea.

Nearby words

  1. ascariasis,
  2. ascaricide,
  3. ascarid,
  4. ascarididae,
  5. ascaridole,
  6. ascaris lumbricoides,
  7. ascend,
  8. ascendance,
  9. ascendancy,
  10. ascendant

Also ascarid.

Origin of ascaris

< New Latin (Linnaeus), the genus < Greek ascarís intestinal worm; compare earlier, late Middle English ascarides (plural) < Medieval Latin < Greek Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for ascaris




A genus of large roundworms parasitic in the small intestine of humans and other vertebrates.

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