American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various generally tropical diseases caused by infestation with schistosomes, widespread in rural areas of Africa, Asia, and Latin America through use of contaminated water, and characterized by infection and gradual destruction of the tissues of the kidneys, liver, and other organs. Also called bilharziasis, snail fever.
- n. medicine Any of various diseases of humans caused by parasitic blood flukes of the genus Schistosoma
- n. an infestation with or a resulting infection caused by a parasite of the genus Schistosoma; common in the tropics and Far East; symptoms depend on the part of the body infected
“Over 200 million people right now have a water-related disease called schistosomiasis ...”
“Bilharzia, also known as schistosomiasis, is transmitted by the larvae of water snails, penetrating the skin and colonizing the blood vessels of the intestine.”
“The exception in this list is schistosomiasis, which is not actively transported by a vector from one human being to the other.”
“For other diseases, such as schistosomiasis, only prolonged exposure leads to clinical illness.”
“For more chronic infections, such as schistosomiasis, the use of effective sampling techniques provides a more accurate picture.”
“The above doses will also treat one kind of schistosomiasis found in East and Central Africa and South America that causes blood in the stool (S. mansoni).”
“The incidence of diseases such as schistosomiasis should be much reduced by the provision of sanitation.”
“I think one was 'schistosomiasis' (not sure of the spelling)”
“The new commitments aim to eradicate or reduce leprosy, lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis), blinding trachoma, sleeping sickness, Guinea worm, schistosomiasis (also called bilharzia), river blindness, soil-transmitted helminthes, Chagas disease and visceral leishmaniasis.”
“** Schisto = schistosomiasis: fun disease borne in stagnant water, where a parasite breeds in snails, is just itching to jump into your waiting open wounds, and then involves some type of exploding of the brain.”
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