from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A disease caused by hookworm infestation and marked by progressive anemia. Also called hookworm disease, tunnel disease.
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- n. Infection by the hookworm Ancylostoma.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A disease characterized chiefly by a profound anemia, sometimes associated with dirt-eating as cause or effect, due to the presence of one of several species of blood-sucking intestinal parasites of the genus Ancylostoma. Also called dochmiasis, uncinariasis, tunnel-disease, brickmakers' or miners' anemia, and Egyptian chlorosis.
New Latin Ancylostoma, hookworm genus (Greek ankulos, curved + Greek stoma, mouth) + -iasis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)