swimmer's itch

noun Pathology.

an inflammation of the skin, resembling insect bites, caused by burrowing larval forms of schistosomes.

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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Medical definitions for swimmer's itch

swimmer's itch
[ swĭmərz ]


schistosome dermatitis
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