from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The immature form of a parasitic schistosome after it has entered the blood vessels of its host.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Many miRNA and endogenous siRNA transcripts were identified in S. japonicum and the amount of siRNA was at least 4.4 and 1.6 times more than that of miRNA in both schistosomulum and adult worm stages respectively.
The schistosomulum travels to the lungs where it undergoes further developmental changes necessary for subsequent migration to the liver and begins to feed on the red blood cells, and onward to different organs.
As the cercaria penetrates the skin, it transforms into a migrating schistosomulum.