from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to worms, especially parasitic worms.
- adj. Tending to expel worms; anthelmintic.
- n. An agent that expels or destroys parasitic worms; an anthelmintic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to worms; used especially of parasitic worms.
- adj. Causing the expulsion of intestinal worms.
- n. Any medicine that expels intestinal worms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or relating to worms, or Helminthes; expelling worms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In zoology, pertaining to helminths or worms.
- In medicine, expelling worms; vermifugal.
- n. A medicine for expelling worms; a vermifuge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. capable of expelling or destroying parasitic worms
- n. a medication capable of causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms
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This type of treatment is known as helminthic treatment, or more specifically TSO, from the Latin name for whipworm eggs: Trichuris Suis Ova.
If these trials prove successful, treatment with parasitic worms—known as helminthic therapy—could provide a simple, cheap, natural and controllable treatment for the debilitating condition, which affects 2.5 million people world-wide.
"helminthic" therapy to avoid surgical removal of his entire colon.
She hasn't taken part in a helminthic therapy trial but says she would have no problem doing so.
He says helminthic therapy is "potentially useful."
Interest in helminthic therapy surged in 2007 with the publication of a study in Argentina by physicians Jorge Correale and Mauricio Farez.
The site even comes with its own 'hot or not' feature which allows students to rate the slides at the moment the most popular is a slide of the intestinal helminthic infection Trichuris trichiura - as if you hadn't guessed.
Because it isn't just allergies it is all the modern diseases that involve inflammation or immune dysregulation that are potential targets for helminthic therapy.
Word about the study soon appeared online among chronic allergy sufferers, and a Yahoo group on “helminthic therapy” sprung up.
"There is no obvious reason why helminthic and perhaps some other pre-existing infections will not similarly compromise the efficacy of certain types of HIV vaccines."