from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slender, whip-shaped, parasitic nematode worm (Trichuris trichiura) that often infests the intestine of humans.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A roundworm, causing trichuriasis when it infects a human large intestine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A nematode worm (Trichocephalus dispar) often found parasitic in the human intestine. Its body is thickened posteriorly, but is very long and threadlike anteriorly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nematoid parasitic worm, Trichocephalus dispar, or another of this genus, as T. affinis, the cæcum-worm of sheep.
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Some bugs are good for our health, and a pig parasite called the whipworm appears to be one of them.
Examination of his intestines noted eggs of Trichuris trichiuria, or whipworm, which is a parasite that causes abdominal pain and anemia.
(PhysOrg. com) -- Parasites in the gut such as whipworm have an essential role in developing a healthy immune system, scientists have found.
The introduction of the whipworm appears to spur the body to produce more of a different type of helpful immune cell—T2 helper cytokines—as a defense against the worms.
The whipworm treatment was born from a theory known as the hygiene hypothesis, which essentially says our environment has become too clean.
Coronado Biosciences Patients and study participants consume microscopic whipworm eggs, above left, which hatch into worms, right, in the intestines.
He started doing research, heard theories that the immune system may play a role in autism, and came across the work on whipworm eggs and Crohn's disease.
Clinical trials using whipworm therapy have been run or are planned for the following conditions:
This type of treatment is known as helminthic treatment, or more specifically TSO, from the Latin name for whipworm eggs: Trichuris Suis Ova.
"It looks like the helminth the parasite rebalances the immune system," says Bobby Sandage , chief executive of Burlington, Mass.-based Coronado Biosciences, which is finishing up an early-stage clinical trial of whipworm to treat Crohn's disease.