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/ ˈhɑrtˌwɜrm /
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a parasitic nematode, Dirofilaria immitis, transmitted by mosquito and invading the heart and pulmonary arteries of dogs, wolves, and foxes throughout its range in tropical, subtropical and, more recently, temperate regions around the world.
the disease caused by infection with heartworm.
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One is the famous heartworm that lodges in the heart of dogs.Vampires without Glitter or Girl Problems: Inside Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’|Andrew Romano|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In France it is called le ver du cœur (the heartworm), because it penetrates in between leaves pressed closely together.The Insect World|Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for heartworm
/ (ˈhɑːtˌwɜːm) /
a parasitic nematode worm, Dirofilaria immitis, that lives in the heart and bloodstream of vertebrates
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