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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.
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(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]
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1. Also called bilharzia. any trematode of the genus Schistosoma, parasitic in the blood of birds and mammals, including humans; a blood fluke.adj.
2. Also, schis`to•so′mal. pertaining to or caused by schistosomes.
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|Noun||1.||schistosome - flatworms parasitic in the blood vessels of mammals|
trematode, trematode worm, fluke - parasitic flatworms having external suckers for attaching to a host
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