Definition of ascarid in English:


(also ascaris)


  • A parasitic nematode worm of a family (Ascaridae) whose members typically live in the intestines of vertebrates.

    • ‘It also is used to eliminate worms (ascaris and pin worms).’
    • ‘Roundworms, also know as ascarids, are transmitted from mothers to nursing kittens or through the cat ingesting eggs or other hosts (such as mice) that are infected with the eggs.’
    • ‘Ascariasis disturbs the upper part of the body, manifesting irritability, and vomiting ascarids after eating.’
    • ‘Raccoons may be cute, but many of them carry raccoon roundworm, an ascarid that can infect children.’
    • ‘For a wide-spread disease (such as the non-lethal parasite ascaris) where treatment is cheap and relatively painless for the patient, a cheap and simple diagnostic test is suitable.’


Late 17th century: from modern Latin Ascaridae (plural), from Greek askarides, plural of askaris intestinal worm.