Dictionary.com

schistosomiasis

[ shis-tuh-soh-mahy-uh-sis ]
/ ˌʃɪs tə soʊˈmaɪ ə sɪs /
Save This Word!

noun Pathology.
an infection caused by parasitic flukes of the genus Schistosoma, occurring commonly in eastern Asia and in tropical regions and transmitted to humans through feces-contaminated fresh water or snails: symptoms commonly include pain, anemia, and malfunction of the infected organ.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.
Also called bilharziasis, snail fever.

Origin of schistosomiasis

First recorded in 1905–10; schistosome + -iasis
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for schistosomiasis

schistosomiasis
/ (ˌʃɪstəsəʊˈmaɪəsɪs) /

noun
a disease caused by infestation of the body with blood flukes of the genus SchistosomaAlso called: bilharziasis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for schistosomiasis

schistosomiasis
[ shĭs′tə-sə-mīə-sĭs ]

Any of a group of diseases caused by flatworm parasites of the genus Schistosoma that infest the blood of humans and other mammals, characterized by severe diarrhea and damage to vital organs, including the intestine and bladder. Schistosomiasis is seen in rural areas of Africa, Latin America, and Asia, and it is transmitted through contact with contaminated water.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK