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pinworm

[ pin-wurm ]
/ ˈpɪnˌwɜrm /
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noun
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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How to use pinworm in a sentence

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

    Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
  • Makakigwa kunu kanang magtiniil tag lakaw, They say walking barefoot causes pinworm infestation.

British Dictionary definitions for pinworm

pinworm
/ (ˈpɪnˌwɜːm) /

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