[jee-ahr-dahy-uh-sis, jahr-]

noun Pathology.

an intestinal disorder characterized by abdominal discomfort and prolonged, intermittent diarrhea, caused by the protozoan Giardia lamblia and contracted by drinking untreated water, as of streams or ponds, contaminated with the feces of infected animals.

Nearby words

  1. giant's causeway,
  2. giantess,
  3. giantism,
  4. giaour,
  5. giardia,
  6. giauque,
  7. giauque, william francis,
  8. gib,
  9. gib board,
  10. gib.

Origin of giardiasis

First recorded in 1915–20; see origin at giardia, -asis

Also called beaver fever. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for giardiasis



infection with the parasitic protozoan Giardia lamblia, which can cause severe diarrhoea
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Medicine definitions for giardiasis




A condition in which the intestines are infected with the protozoan Giardia lamblia.lambliasis

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Science definitions for giardiasis



An intestinal infection caused by the protozoan Giardia lamblia. It is usually asymptomatic in humans but can cause diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramping. Giardiasis is most commonly transmitted by contaminated water and by direct contact among individuals in group settings.
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