trypanosome

[ trih-pan-uh-sohm, trip-uh-nuh- ]
/ trɪˈpæn əˌsoʊm, ˈtrɪp ə nə- /

noun

any minute, flagellate protozoan of the genus Trypanosoma, parasitic in the blood or tissues of humans and other vertebrates, usually transmitted by insects, often causing serious diseases, as African sleeping sickness in humans, and many diseases in domestic animals.

Origin of trypanosome

1900–05; < Greek trȳpano- (combining form of trȳ́panon borer) + -some3

Related forms

try·pan·o·so·mal, try·pan·o·som·ic [trih-pan-uh-som-ik, trip-uh-nuh-] /trɪˌpæn əˈsɒm ɪk, ˌtrɪp ə nə-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trypanosome

trypanosome

/ (ˈtrɪpənəˌsəʊm) /

noun

any parasitic flagellate protozoan of the genus Trypanosoma, which lives in the blood of vertebrates, is transmitted by certain insects, and causes sleeping sickness and certain other diseases

Derived Forms

trypanosomal or trypanosomic (ˌtrɪpənəˈsɒmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for trypanosome

C19: from New Latin Trypanosoma, from Greek trupanon borer + sōma body
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Medicine definitions for trypanosome

trypanosome

[ trĭ-pănə-sōm′ ]

n.

A member of the genus Trypanosoma or of the family Trypanosomatidae.

Related forms

try•pan′o•somal null adj.
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Science definitions for trypanosome

trypanosome

[ trĭ-pănə-sōm′ ]

Any of various parasitic flagellate protozoans of the genus Trypanosoma that can cause serious diseases, such as sleeping sickness. They are transmitted by the bite of certain insects, such as tsetse flies.
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