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tr.v. de·wormed, de·worm·ing, de·worms
To cure (an animal) of worms; worm.

de·worm′er n.
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vb (tr)
(Veterinary Science) to rid or free of worms
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1. any of numerous long, slender, soft-bodied, legless, bilaterally symmetrical invertebrates, including the roundworms, platyhelminths, acanthocephalans, nemerteans, horsehair worms, and annelids.
2. (loosely) any of numerous small creeping animals with more or less slender, elongated bodies, and without limbs or with very short ones.
3. something resembling or suggesting a worm in appearance, movement, etc.
4. a groveling, abject, or contemptible person.
5. the thread of a screw.
6. a rotating cylinder or shaft, cut with one or more helical threads, that engages with and drives a worm gear.
7. something that penetrates, injures, or consumes slowly or insidiously.
8. worms, (used with a sing. v.) any disease or disorder arising from the presence of parasitic worms in the intestines or other tissues; helminthiasis.
9. the lytta of a dog or other carnivorous animal.
10. computer code planted illegally in a software program so as to destroy data in any system that downloads the program, as by reformatting the hard disk.
11. to move or act like a worm; creep, crawl, or advance slowly, stealthily, or insidiously.
12. to cause to move in a devious or stealthy manner: a thief worming his hand into a coat pocket.
13. to get by persistent, insidious efforts (usu. fol. by out or from): to worm a secret out of someone.
14. to insinuate (oneself or one's way) into another's favor, confidence, etc.: He wormed his way into the king's favor.
15. to free from worms: to worm puppies.
16. Naut. to wind yarn or the like spirally round (a rope) so as to fill the spaces between the strands and render the surface smooth.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English wyrm dragon, serpent, worm, c. Old Saxon, Old High German wurm, Old Norse ormr, Gothic waurms; akin to Latin vermis]
worm′er, n.


write once, read many (times): a technology that allows data to be written onto an optical disc only once.
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To keep cattle healthy, many ranchers routinely deworm their herds.
Talking to PTV news Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Planning Development and Reform Kanwal Shauzab said, the government on Thursday has launched the first ever 'Islamabad Deworming Initiative' which will deworm nearly 250, 000 children in first phase at all government schools in the federal capital out of the 570, 000 children aged between 5-15 years who are at risk of infection with intestinal worms.
Mrs Olukemi further advised parents deworm their children within four to six months to maintain a healthy living.
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I personally use herbs and diatomaceous earth to deworm my horses, which would have no ill effects on my soil.
ISLAMABAD -- The government on Wednesday launched the first ever 'Islamabad Deworming Initiative' which will deworm 250,000 children in first phase at all Government Schools in the federal capital out of the 570,000 children aged between 5-15 who are at risk of infection with intestinal worms.
The expert said mothers are not even expected to routinely deworm their children.
Before leaving the sheep flock, I instructed Kimani to deworm all the sheep and goats that were in the same herd and repeat the treatment after two weeks.
Under this campaign the children between the ages of 5 to 15 of from government schools of federal capital, National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) Schools as well as the educational institutes located in the rural areas would be given free Deworm medicine.
and officers to always deworm themselves once every three months to prevent implications caused by worms in the body.
The National Deworming Programme, launched by the Government of India, aims to treat and deworm 140 million children at risk for parasitic worms in schools and pre-schools in 12 states starting February 10, a date officially declared as National Deworming Day in India.
On Wednesday, the DOH launched Oplan Goodbye Bulate (Worm), a program designed to deworm 16 million public elementary school students twice a year.