- any of certain bloodsucking nematode worms, as Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus, parasitic in the intestine of humans and other animals.
- Also called hookworm disease. a disease caused by hookworms, which may enter the body by ingestion or through the skin of the feet or legs, causing abdominal pain, nausea, and, if untreated, severe anemia.
Origin of hookworm
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The hookworm, deadly as an asp, has got you in its loathsome grasp!
But I will break the hookworm lose, and cook its everlasting goose!
And physical "hookworm" is accompanied by a similar mental condition.Prowling about Panama
George A. Miller
This does literally beat the devil; for, if the hookworm isn't the devil, what is?The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I
Burton J. Hendrick
The hookworm disease, ankylostomiasis, has steadily decreased.The Evolution of Modern Medicine
- any parasitic blood-sucking nematode worm of the family Ancylostomatidae, esp Ancylostoma duodenale or Necator americanus, both of which cause disease. They have hooked mouthparts and enter their hosts by boring through the skin
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- Any of numerous small parasitic nematodes of the family Ancylostomatidae having hooked mouthparts with which they fasten themselves to the intestinal walls of various hosts, including humans.
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- Any of numerous small, parasitic nematode worms of the family Ancylostomatidae, having hooked mouthparts with which they fasten themselves to the intestinal walls of various animals, including humans.
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