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Any of various chiefly tropical trematode worms of the family Schistosomatidae and especially the genus Schistosoma, many of which are parasitic in the blood of humans and other mammals. Also called bilharzia, blood fluke.

[New Latin Schistosōma, genus name : Greek skhistos, split; see schist + Greek sōma, body; see -some3.]

schis′to·som′al (-sō′məl) adj.


(Animals) any of various blood flukes of the chiefly tropical genus Schistosoma, which cause disease in man and domestic animals. Also called: bilharzia
[C19: from New Latin Schistosoma; see schist, -some3]


(ˈʃɪs təˌsoʊm)

1. Also called bilharzia. any trematode of the genus Schistosoma, parasitic in the blood of birds and mammals, including humans; a blood fluke.
2. Also, schis`to•so′mal. pertaining to or caused by schistosomes.
[1900–05; < New Latin Schistosoma <schist(us) (see schist) + -soma -some3]
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Noun1.schistosome - flatworms parasitic in the blood vessels of mammals
trematode, trematode worm, fluke - parasitic flatworms having external suckers for attaching to a host
genus Schistosoma, Schistosoma - type genus of the family Schistosomatidae: blood flukes
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Schistosomiasis is caused by a parasitic blood fluke that infects mammals including humans through skin penetration when in contact with fresh water contminated with larval forms (cercariae) known as schistosomes.
Because a competent intermediate host is present and schistosomes can be imported by migrants and travelers returning (primarily) from sub-Saharan Africa, autochthonous foci of schistosomiasis could become established throughout susceptible Mediterranean areas in southern Europe.
Methods: In vitro schistosomicidal assays and confocal laser scanning microscopy were used to evaluate the effects of cardamonin on adult schistosomes.
Arachidonic acid has been reported to kill juvenile and adult schistosomes in vitro and to reduce worm burdens by 50% to 78% in mice and hamsters infected with S.
The ecology of marine dermatitis-producing schistosomes.
At least 410,000 pupils with Schistosomiasis (SCH) -- a disease caused by parasitic blood flukes, known as schistosomes -- and intestinal worms will be treated through the programme.
Variants of CTGF are associated with hepatic fibrosis in Chinese, Sudanese, and Brazilians infected with schistosomes," J Exp Med, vol.
Urine and faeces were tested for schistosomes but no parasite eggs were detected.
However, the high burden in some of our communities of less exotic helminth parasites, such as schistosomes and the geohelminths, must always be remembered when investigating cases of eosinophilia.
Bathing in lakes infested with tiny parasitic worms called schistosomes means he almost certainly had a disease called bilharzias, which probably caused his death.
5] have contributed to the knowledge of the biology of snail intermediate hosts of schistosomes in some parts of Nigeria.