- A genus of nematodes that includes parasitic species such as Dracunculus medinensis, which migrates within subcutaneous tissues and forms chronic ulcers in the skin.
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Dracunculus, a plant spotted with various colours, like a vipers skin, was supposed to be a remedy for all kinds of snake-stings.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
It is Dracunculus vulgaris, and derives its name from its stem, which is spotted like a snake.
The Leipsic helminthologist had, indeed, specially instructed Fedschenko as to the probable source of Dracunculus.Parasites
T. Spencer Cobbold