dracunculiasis

(redirected from Fire worm)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

dra·cun·cu·li·a·sis

 (drə-kŭng′kyə-lī′ə-sĭs) also dra·cun·cu·lo·sis (-lō′sĭs)
n.
Infection with guinea worms, characterized by painful blisters and lesions of the skin where the worms emerge. Also called dracontiasis, guinea worm disease.

[New Latin Dracunculus, genus of the guinea worm (from medieval Latin dracunculus, festering sore, ulcer; see rankle) + -iasis.]

dracunculiasis

(drəˌkʌŋkjʊˈlaɪəsɪs)
n
a disease caused by infection with the Guinea worm
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dracunculiasis - 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 skindracunculiasis - 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