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tongue worm

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Any of various wormlike, sometimes tongue-shaped, parasitic invertebrates of the phylum Pentastomida, having a mouth surrounded by four hooks used to attach to the respiratory passages of reptiles, birds, and carnivorous mammals. Also called pentastome, pentastomid.

tongue worm

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(Veterinary Science) vet science a parasitic worm, Linguatula serrata, found in the nose of dogs, so called because of the shape of the worm
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Noun1.tongue worm - wormlike arthropod having two pairs of hooks at the sides of the mouthtongue worm - wormlike arthropod having two pairs of hooks at the sides of the mouth; parasitic in nasal sinuses of mammals
arthropod - invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin
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Tongue worms can cause nasopharyngeal and upper respiratory tract infections in zoonotic reservoirs in domestic and wild canids and felids with intermediate hosts in cattle, sheep, rodents, and occasionally man.
The new species, which has been named Invavita piratica (meaning "ancient intruder" and "piracy"), belongs to a group of parasites known as tongue worms.
serrata tongue worms have been described: 2 from the southern United States (4-5), 1 from Portugal (6), 1 from Israel (7), and 1 from Ecuador (8).