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(Pathology) the condition of being infested with hookworms; hookworm disease
[C20: via New Latin Uncināria, from Late Latin uncīnus a hook, from Latin uncus]
1. any intestinal bloodsucking nematode worm with hooks around the mouth, belonging to the superfamily Ancylostomatoidea and parasitic in humans and other animals.
2. a disease caused by hookworms, causing abdominal pain and, if untreated, severe anemia.