"disease caused by trichinae," 1866, coined by Bernhard Rupprecht (1815-1877) from trichina (1835), Modern Latin, genus name of certain minute parasitic worms, from Greek trikhine, fem. of trikhinos "of or like hair," from thrix (genitive trikhos) "hair."
A disease caused by eating undercooked meat, usually pork, that is infested with trichinae that develop as adults in the intestines and as larvae in the muscles and cause intestinal pain, fever, nausea, muscular pain, and edema.
A disease caused by the parasitic nematode Trichinella spiralis that is ingested as larvae found in the muscle tissue of undercooked meat, especially pork. Once digested, the larvae develop into adult worms in the intestinal tract. Trichinosis is characterized by fever, intestinal pain, nausea, muscular pain, and edema.