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- noun Any of several
parasitic wormswhich infest the mammalian stomach and intestines, especially a nematode.
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Principally three -- 1, The tape-worm; 2, the long round-worm; and 3, the most frequent of all, the common thread or maw-worm.
The tape-worm infests the whole course of the bowels, both small and large: the long round-worm, principally the small bowels, occasionally the stomach; it sometimes crawls out of the child's mouth, causing alarm to the mother; there is, of course, no danger in its doing so: the common thread-worm or maw-worm infests the rectum or fundament.