Guinea worm

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Guinea worm:

see wormworm,
common name for various unrelated invertebrate animals with soft, often long and slender bodies. Members of the phylum Platyhelminthes, or the flatworms, are the most primitive; they are generally small and flat-bodied and include the free-living planarians (of the class
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Guinea Worm


(Dracunculus medinensis), a parasitic roundworm of the family Dracunculidae. The guinea worm causes the human disease dracunculosis. The mature female reaches a length of 120 cm, and the mature male about 4 cm. The guinea worm is distributed in the tropics and subtropics. In the USSR it was widespread in Middle Asia (Staraia Bukhara) until the 1930’s; the worm has been completely eliminated.

guinea worm

[′gin·ē ‚wərm]
(invertebrate zoology)
Dracunculus medinensis. A parasitic nematode that infects the subcutaneous tissues of humans and other mammals.