Guinea worm

Definitions of Guinea worm
  1. noun
    parasitic roundworm of India and Africa that lives in the abdomen or beneath the skin of humans and other vertebrates
    synonyms: Dracunculus medinensis
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    type of:
    nematode, nematode worm, roundworm
    unsegmented worms with elongated rounded body pointed at both ends; mostly free-living but some are parasitic
  2. noun
    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
    synonyms: Guinea worm disease, dracunculiasis
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    type of:
    the state of being invaded or overrun by parasites
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