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pinworm

[pin-wurm]
noun
  1. a small nematode worm, Enterobius vermicularis, infesting the intestine and migrating to the rectum and anus, especially in children.
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Origin of pinworm

First recorded in 1905–10; pin + worm
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Historical Examples

  • The next nematode of general interest is the pinworm (Oxyuris curvula).

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold


British Dictionary definitions for pinworm

pinworm

noun
  1. a parasitic nematode worm, Enterobius vermicularis, infecting the colon, rectum, and anus of humans: family OxyuridaeAlso called: threadworm
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pinworm in Medicine

pinworm

(pĭnwûrm′)
n.
  1. Any of various small nematode worms of the family Oxyuridae that are parasitic on mammals, especially Enterobius vermicularis, a species that infests the human intestines and rectum.seatworm threadworm
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