- a disease of tropical fishes, characterized by small, white nodules on the fins, skin, and eyes, caused by a ciliate protozoan, Ichthyophthirius multifiliis.
Origin of ich
short for ichthyophthirius
Also called ichthyophthirius, ichthyophthirius disease.
Origin of ichthyophthirius
< New Latin, the protozoan genus causing the disease, equivalent to ichthyo- ichthyo- + -phthirius < Greek phtheír louse
Also called ichthyophthirius disease.
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