hookworm

Definitions of hookworm
  1. noun
    parasitic bloodsucking roundworms having hooked mouth parts to fasten to the intestinal wall of human and other hosts
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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
    infestation of the intestines by hookworms which enter the body (usually) through the skin
    synonyms: hookworm disease
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    type of:
    helminthiasis
    infestation of the body with parasitic worms
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