from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous small parasitic nematode worms of the family Ancylostomatidae, having a hooked mouthpart with which it fastens itself to the intestinal walls of its host, causing ancylostomiasis. Also called uncinaria.
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- n. Any of various parasitic bloodsucking roundworms which cause disease, especially the species Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus. They have hooked mouthparts and enter their hosts by boring through the skin.
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- n. infestation of the intestines by hookworms which enter the body (usually) through the skin
- n. parasitic bloodsucking roundworms having hooked mouth parts to fasten to the intestinal wall of human and other hosts
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Founded in the wake of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, this group now serves both the U.S. and countries around the world, helping prevent diseases such as hookworm, which is commonly contracted through bare feet.
Several years previously Dr. Stiles had discovered that a hitherto unclassified species of a parasite popularly known as the hookworm prevailed to an astonishing extent in all the Southern States.
A study conducted in Vietnam has added further weight to the view that parasitic gut worms, such as hookworm, could help in the prevention and treatment of asthma and other allergies.
If one particular area is always used, its continual moistness will favour the survival of helminths, such as hookworm, and the breeding of flies and mosquitos.
Washington DC: Neglected tropical diseases such as hookworm infection and lymphatic filariasis that affect over 100 million people in India have simple, low-cost drug and vaccine treatments that governments need to promote, according to Peter Hotez, Distinguished Research Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine,
There are also many other parasites that could potentially be detected, especially those that use proteases to infect their host, such as hookworm, guinea worm and strongyloides.
In the early 20th century social workers discovered environmental causes for laziness such as hookworm (which drains victims of their energy).
Digestive worm diseases in dogs such as hookworm, roundworm and tapeworm can also cause serious digestive illnesses in humans.
By the way, do not Google "hookworm" unless you want to spend the rest of the day fighting the heebie jeebies.
The eggs of the hookworm Ancylostoma and of schistosoma develop to larvae in the soil and in surface water respectively, after which the larvae penetrate the skin of their victims and enter the blood circulation.