Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A worm, especially a parasitic roundworm or tapeworm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A parasitic roundworm or flatworm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An intestinal worm, or wormlike intestinal parasite; one of the Helminthes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A worm; especially, an entozoan, entoparasitic, or intestinal worm, as a cestoid, trematoid, or nematoid. See cut under Cestoidea.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. worm that is parasitic on the intestines of vertebrates especially roundworms and tapeworms and flukes

Etymologies

French helminthe, from Greek helmins, helminth-; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἕλμινθ- (helminth-), stem of ἕλμινς (helmins, "intestinal worm"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are probing whether ingesting parasitic "helminth" whipworm eggs (in capsule form) can combat the flare-ups associated with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

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  • "It looks like the helminth the parasite rebalances the immune system," says Bobby Sandage , chief executive of Burlington, Mass.-based Coronado Biosciences, which is finishing up an early-stage clinical trial of whipworm to treat Crohn's disease.

    In a Squeaky-Clean World, a Worm Might Help Fight Disease

  • The research published by David Artis, assistant professor in the Department of Pathobiology at Penn Vet, and colleagues may identify an important process in the immune response to helminth parasites and allergies.

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  • The impact seems to be at least as profound on the helminth parasites of arctic rodents [151].

    Effects of changes in climate and UV radiation levels on structure of arctic ecosystems in the short and long term

  • Human behavior and the epidemiology of helminth infections: Cultural practices and microepidemiology.

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  • IgE allergies and helminth parasites: A new perspective on an old conundrum.

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  • Origins, diversification, and historical structure of the helminth fauna inhabiting neotropical freshwater stingrays Potamotrygonidae.

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  • The number of niches in intestinal helminth communities of Anguilla anguilla: Are there enough spaces for parasites?

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  • Host fragmentation and helminth parasites: Hedging your bets against extinction.

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  • In areas of high temperature and humidity, helminth eggs hatch very quickly and can develop into infective larvae in a short period, however they also expend their energy reserves quickly and cannot survive as long on pasture as they might in cooler or drier areas.

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