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swimmer's itch

noun Pathology.
  1. an inflammation of the skin, resembling insect bites, caused by burrowing larval forms of schistosomes.
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Origin of swimmer's itch

First recorded in 1925–30; so called because the schistosomes enter the skin from untreated water
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swimmer's itch in Medicine

swimmer's itch

  1. schistosome dermatitis
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