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liver fluke

  1. any of various trematodes, as Fasciola hepatica, parasitic in the liver and bile ducts of domestic animals and humans.
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Origin of liver fluke

First recorded in 1785–95
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Historical Examples

  • The liver-fluke is a flat, tongue-shaped, brownish worm about an inch long and about half as wide.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II


  • The creature is also known by the name of the liver-fluke, since it principally attacks this important organ in the animal.

  • The tiny freshwater snail is the host of the juvenile stages of the liver-fluke of the sheep.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for liver fluke

liver fluke

  1. 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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