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guinea worm

n.
A nematode worm (Dracunculus medinensis) that is a parasite of humans in tropical Africa and formerly in Asia. Larvae are transmitted to humans when infected copepods are ingested in drinking water. The larvae develop in the body, and painful lesions occur when the mature female worms emerge gradually from the skin, usually of the lower legs.

[After the Guinea coast of Africa.]

Guinea worm

n
(Animals) a parasitic nematode worm, Dracunculus medinensis, that lives beneath the skin in man and other vertebrates and is common in India and Africa

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n.
a long, slender roundworm, Dracunculus medinensis, parasitic under the skin of humans and other mammals, common in parts of India and Africa.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.guinea worm - a painful and debilitating infestation contracted by drinking stagnant water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae that can mature inside a human's abdomen until the worm emerges through a painful blister in the person's skinGuinea worm - a painful and debilitating infestation contracted by drinking stagnant water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae that can mature inside a human's abdomen until the worm emerges through a painful blister in the person's skin
infestation - the state of being invaded or overrun by parasites
2.guinea worm - parasitic roundworm of India and Africa that lives in the abdomen or beneath the skin of humans and other vertebratesGuinea worm - parasitic roundworm of India and Africa that lives in the abdomen or beneath the skin of humans and other vertebrates
nematode, nematode worm, roundworm - unsegmented worms with elongated rounded body pointed at both ends; mostly free-living but some are parasitic
Dracunculus, genus Dracunculus - type genus of the family Dracunculidae
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It is believed, for example, that the biblical "fiery serpents" that tormented ancient Hebrews by the Red Sea were probably what we now call guinea worms.