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

  • n. A disease caused by eating undercooked meat, usually pork, that contains trichinae, which develop as adults in the intestines and as larvae in the muscles, causing intestinal disorders, fever, nausea, muscular pain, and edema of the face.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A disease characterized by headache, chills, fever, and soreness of muscles, caused by the presence of trichinae in the intestines and muscular tissues.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The disease produced by the presence of trichinæ in the muscles and intestinal track. It is marked by fever, muscular pains, and symptoms resembling those of typhoid fever, and is frequently fatal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A disease caused by the presence of Trichina spiralis in large numbers in the intestines, and by the migration of embryos of the same worm from the intestines into the muscular tissue. See Trichina.

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

  • n. infestation by trichina larvae that are transmitted by eating inadequately cooked meat (especially pork); larvae migrate from the intestinal tract to the muscles where they become encysted


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From New Latin trichinosis, from trichina +‎ -osis.



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  • A disease of muscle caused by a parasitic roundworm and transmitted by eating undercooked pork or bear meat.

    April 8, 2017

  • If you get trichinosis, it may well be the pig that's to blame. The pig and your dirty, filthy sloppy habits in the kitchen.

    November 21, 2007