elephantiasis


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el·e·phan·ti·a·sis

 (ĕl′ə-fən-tī′ə-sĭs)
n.
1. Chronic, often extreme enlargement and hardening of cutaneous and subcutaneous tissue, especially of the legs and external genitals, resulting from lymphatic obstruction.
2. A tropical filarial disease that often leads to this condition as a result of infestation of the lymph glands and vessels with filarial worms; lymphatic filariasis.

[Latin elephantiāsis, from Greek : elephās, elephant-, elephant + -iāsis, -iasis.]

elephantiasis

(ˌɛlɪfənˈtaɪəsɪs)
n
(Pathology) pathol a complication of chronic filariasis, in which nematode worms block the lymphatic vessels, usually in the legs or scrotum, causing extreme enlargement of the affected area. See also filariasis
[C16: via Latin from Greek, from elephas elephant + -iasis]
elephantiasic adj

el•e•phan•ti•a•sis

(ˌɛl ə fənˈtaɪ ə sɪs, -fæn-)

n.
a chronic disease characterized by marked enlargement of the legs, scrotum, and other parts due to obstruction of the lymphatic vessels, usu. caused by filariasis.
[1575–85; < Latin < Greek elephantíāsis]

elephantiasis

Infestation of the lymph vessels by parasitic worms that are transmitted by mosquito bite. It can cause gross swelling.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elephantiasis - hypertrophy of certain body parts (usually legs and scrotum)elephantiasis - hypertrophy of certain body parts (usually legs and scrotum); the end state of the disease filariasis
hypertrophy - abnormal enlargement of a body part or organ
elephantiasis neuromatosa - hypertrophy of a limb
chyloderma, elephantiasis scroti - swelling of the scrotum resulting from chronic lymphatic obstruction
nevoid elephantiasis, pachyderma - thickening of the skin (usually unilateral on an extremity) caused by congenital enlargement of lymph vessel and lymph vessel obstruction
Translations
Elefantenkrankheit
elefantiaasielefanttitauti
fil hastalığı

elephantiasis

[ˌelɪfənˈtaɪəsɪs] Nelefantiasis f inv

elephantiasis

el·e·phan·ti·a·sis

n. elefantiasis, enfermedad crónica caracterizada por obstrucción de los vasos linfáticos e hipertrofia de la piel y tejido celular subcutáneo que afecta gen. las extremidades inferiores y los órganos genitales externos.

elephantiasis

n elefantiasis f
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Horinaga M et al have reported a case of scrotal elephantiasis after treatment of penile carcinoma.
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Elephantiasis is common in filariasis, local infection, trauma, and tumor caused by lymphedema which produce coarse and thick skin and limb thickening.
Prince Faisal bin Salman has taken special interest in the case of an Asian expat suffering from elephantiasis for several years, which requires that he receive medical care at a specialist hospital.