hookworm definition

  • noun:
    • some of numerous little parasitic nematode worms associated with the family members Ancylostomatidae, having a hooked mouthpart with which it fastens it self to the abdominal walls of their host, causing ancylostomiasis. Also called uncinaria.
    • some of numerous parasitic bloodsucking roundworms which result infection, particularly the types Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus. They will have addicted mouthparts and enter their hosts by boring through skin.
    • infestation of the intestines by hookworms which enter the human anatomy (usually) through epidermis
    • parasitic bloodsucking roundworms having hooked mouth parts to fasten on abdominal wall of individual and other hosts

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