- any of various trematodes, as Fasciola hepatica, parasitic in the liver and bile ducts of domestic animals and humans.
Origin of liver fluke
First recorded in 1785–95
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The liver-fluke is a flat, tongue-shaped, brownish worm about an inch long and about half as wide.
The creature is also known by the name of the liver-fluke, since it principally attacks this important organ in the animal.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The tiny freshwater snail is the host of the juvenile stages of the liver-fluke of the sheep.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
Its cause is a small, flat worm—the liver-fluke—which infests the liver and bile-ducts of the affected sheep.The Vanishing Man
R. Austin Freeman
The history of the Liver-fluke is a most complicated example of alternation of generations.Stories of the Universe: Animal Life
- any of various parasitic flatworms, esp Fasciola hepatica, that inhabit the bile ducts of sheep, cattle, etc, and have a complex life cycle: class DigeneaSee also trematode
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