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

  • n. Any of various small nematode worms of the family Oxyuridae that are parasitic on horses, rabbits, and other mammals, especially Enterobius vermicularis, a species that infests the human intestines and rectum. Also called threadworm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several nematode worms, of the family Oxyuridae, that are parasitic to mammals

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small nematoid worm (Oxyurus vermicularis), which is parasitic chiefly in the rectum of man. It is most common in children and aged persons.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small threadworm or nematoid, Oxyuris vermicularis, infesting the rectum, especially of children. See Ascaridæ, and cut under Oxyuris.

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

  • n. small threadlike worm infesting human intestines and rectum especially in children


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  • The most prolific parasitic worm in the U.S. and European Union: the pinworm, which is most common during childhood.


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  • In the pinworm soup there were squirming iridescent protozoa, single-celled giants that were almost as big as the multicellular worms.

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  • Mebendazole, is sold as a generic drug and has been used since the 1970s to treat roundworm, hookworm, pinworm, whipworm, and other worm-based parasitic infections.

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  • One day I was in the nearby village of Lang Co, where I went every day except Sunday, to treat the villagers for their various ailments, which ranged from ringworm and pinworm to elephantiasis.

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  • I called up the pharmaceutical company that manufactured the pinworm pill and spoke to one of their technical staff.

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  • Not all of the critturs which cause internal problems are food or water borne ... pinworm eggs are blown around on bits of dust, for example.

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  • Its parasites are going to start leaving in droves-and I don't want anyone finding a tick the size of their own pinkie or a pinworm the size of a ballpoint pen!

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  • It also works for roundworm and pinworm, but piperazine has fewer side effects.

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  • Useful for preparing ointments or dressings in the treatment of: scabies ringworm itching from pinworm burns chest wounds

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