Pathology. a chronic filarial disease resulting in lymphatic obstruction, characterized by marked enlargement of the parts affected, especially of the legs and scrotum, transmitted by mosquitoes.
untoward growth or development: bureaucratic elephantiasis.
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How to use elephantiasis in a sentence
Undoubtedly his existence is a product of the system, a pathological product, a kind of elephantiasis of individualism.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Unfortunately, he was afflicted with elephantiasis, and his appearance did not at all tend to whet the edge of our appetites.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
What really bothers us a little is the mosquito affair—the so-called elephantiasis—ask Ross about it.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
What are the diagnostic characters of beginning elephantiasis?Essentials of Diseases of the Skin | Henry Weightman Stelwagon
But you and I, Gentlemen, let us thank God we are not officially barked about with such a leprous elephantiasis as that.The Trial of Theodore Parker | Theodore Parker
British Dictionary definitions for elephantiasis
pathol a complication of chronic filariasis, in which nematode worms block the lymphatic vessels, usually in the legs or scrotum, causing extreme enlargement of the affected area: See also filariasis
- elephantiasic (ˌɛlɪˌfæntɪˈæsɪk, ˌɛlɪfənˈtaɪəsɪk), adjective
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