or Guinea worm
- a long, slender roundworm, Dracunculus medinensis, parasitic under the skin of humans and animals, common in parts of India and Africa.
Origin of guinea worm
First recorded in 1690–1700
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Examples from the Web for guinea worm
The guinea-worm (Filaria medinensis) is a very troublesome parasite, which sometimes grows to a length of three feet.Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official
The guinea-worm having been known from the earliest times, it is not surprising that its true nature long remained a mystery.
Among the many advances of modern helminthology, the discovery of the true source of the guinea-worm is not the least important.
The guinea-worm may be described as a nematode measuring from one to six feet in length, having a thickness of 1/10th of an inch.
On this he started up on two sticks, for he is doubly lame, having the Guinea-worm in both legs, and went away hurriedly.
- a parasitic nematode worm, Dracunculus medinensis, that lives beneath the skin in man and other vertebrates and is common in India and Africa
- A long, threadlike nematode of tropical Asia and Africa that is a subcutaneous parasite of humans and other mammals and causes ulcerative lesions on the legs and feet.
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