trichina

[trih-kahy-nuh]
noun, plural tri·chi·nae [trih-kahy-nee] /trɪˈkaɪ ni/.
  1. a nematode, Trichinella spiralis, the adults of which live in the intestine and produce larvae that encyst in the muscle tissue, especially in pigs, rats, and humans.

Origin of trichina

1825–35; < New Latin < Greek tríchina, noun use of feminine of tríchinos of hair. See trich-, -ine1
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trichina

noun plural -nae (-niː)
  1. a parasitic nematode worm, Trichinella spiralis, occurring in the intestines of pigs, rats, and man and producing larvae that form cysts in skeletal muscle

Word Origin for trichina

C19: from New Latin, from Greek trikhinos relating to hair, from thrix a hair
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trichina in Medicine

trichina

[trĭ-kīnə]
n. pl. tri•chi•nae (-nē)
  1. A small, slender parasitic nematode (Trichinella spiralis) that infests the intestines of various mammals and whose larvae move through the bloodstream, becoming encysted in muscles.
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