[ trik-uh-noh-sis ]

  1. a disease resulting from infestation with Trichinella spiralis, occurring in humans, caused by ingestion of infested, undercooked pork, and characterized by fever, muscle weakness, and diarrhea.

Origin of trichinosis

First recorded in 1865–70; trichin(a) + -osis
  • Also trich·i·ni·a·sis [trik-uh-nahy-uh-sis]. /ˌtrɪk əˈnaɪ ə sɪs/.

Words Nearby trichinosis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use trichinosis in a sentence

  • It is fairly constant in trichinosis, uncinariasis, filariasis, and echinococcus disease.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • trichinosis is one of the most fatal of diseases, but fortunately is not common.

    Encyclopedia of Diet | Eugene Christian
  • In about ten days the animal showed the most marked symptoms of trichinosis.

    Parasites | T. Spencer Cobbold
  • On the 26th of April the animal seemed to be attacked with symptoms of trichinosis.

    Parasites | T. Spencer Cobbold
  • This causes a painful and often fatal disease known as trichinosis.

    A Civic Biology | George William Hunter

British Dictionary definitions for trichinosis


/ (ˌtrɪkɪˈnəʊsɪs) /

  1. a disease characterized by nausea, fever, diarrhoea, and swelling of the muscles, caused by ingestion of pork infected with trichina larvae: Also called: trichiniasis (ˌtrɪkɪˈnaɪəsɪs)

Origin of trichinosis

C19: from New Latin trichina

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Scientific definitions for trichinosis


[ trĭk′ə-nōsĭs ]

  1. 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.

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Cultural definitions for trichinosis


[ (trik-uh-noh-sis) ]

A disease caused by eating raw or undercooked pork infested with a kind of worm that lives as a parasite. The disease is characterized by nausea, diarrhea, and pain and swelling in the muscles.

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