Definition of hookworm in English:



  • 1A parasitic nematode worm which inhabits the intestines of humans and other animals. It has hook-like mouthparts with which it attaches itself to the wall of the gut, puncturing the blood vessels and feeding on the blood.

    • ‘House flies are suspected of transmitting at least 65 human diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis, anthrax, leprosy, food poisoning, pinworms, hookworms, and some tapeworms.’
    • ‘In the case of hookworms, there may also be intestinal bleeding and anemia.’
    • ‘Certain species of hookworms can affect humans when the larvae burrow under humans' skin and cause an itchy rash.’
    • ‘It eliminates the tissue stages of heartworms and also removes and controls adult and immature stages of hookworms.’
    • ‘Back in the Stone Age (or the Middle Ages, for that matter), the immunoglobulin E system had its hands full fighting off roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and flukes; it had no time for being precious about dust mites and cat hair.’
    • ‘When the animal defecates, the hookworms are shed and the larvae are picked up by humans through breaks in the skin, hair follicles and even through intact skin.’
    • ‘Adult roundworms and hookworms are parasites that live in your pet's small intestine.’
    • ‘Roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms most commonly infect cats.’
    • ‘Although it may be caused by a myriad of nematodes, the most common infective agent is a dog and cat hookworm, Ancylostoma caninum and Ancylostoma braziliense.’
    • ‘A. duodenale and N. americanus are hookworms that cause blood loss, anemia, pica and wasting.’
    • ‘These can be roundworms, tapeworms or hookworms.’
    • ‘Our vet also found that he had hookworms and whipworms and these are now gone.’
    • ‘They are testing a protein derived from hookworms that could be used to prevent blood clots in stroke victims.’
    • ‘‘One family came to me en masse - six members - for the elimination of their hookworms,’ Dr. Nelson notes.’
    • ‘The blood loss caused by hookworms can produce a microcytic hypochromic anemia.’
    • ‘Little threadworms and hookworms are about one centimetre long, while roundworms are about 20 cm long and our friend the tapeworm can reach up to 10 metres in length.’
    • ‘The most common form of worms was hookworms, infecting 21.6 percent of those surveyed.’
    1. 1.1mass noun A disease caused by an infestation of hookworms, often resulting in severe anaemia.
      • ‘How can we expect a man or a woman to do a full day's work if he or she is riddled with malaria, bilharzia or hookworm?’
      • ‘It conducted important research on such endemic parasitical diseases as hookworm, malaria, and yellow fever.’
      • ‘Nongovernment organizations have initiated public health programs such as the Rockefeller Foundation which undertook eradication of pellagra and hookworm.’
      • ‘The effect of hookworm could not be assessed because no individuals with hookworm had evidence of exercise-induced wheeze.’
      • ‘Trichuris was more prevalent in urban children, Ascaris and hookworm were more common in rural children, and hookworm was particularly rare in the urban area.’
      • ‘He was a public health scientist who cruised tropical rivers and hacked his way through jungles - a man who tirelessly fought hookworm, yellow fever, malaria and typhus fever in countries all over the world.’
      • ‘Anyone who has recently been to a tropical country may have a test for hookworm.’
      • ‘We asked for a second opinion and began our relationship with Richard, who immediately diagnosed hookworm and successfully treated Max for it.’
      • ‘Among those implicated are rotavirus, hookworm, Giardia.’
      • ‘He has lost a lot of weight, due to hookworm, and he has open wounds in his chest and abdomen.’
      • ‘The troops suffered from malaria, dengue fever, beriberi, hookworm and pellagra.’
      • ‘Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, and hookworm are the most prevalent geohelminth infections.’
      • ‘In the developing countries this is normally the result of poor diet, often combined with blood loss due to parasitic infection, particularly hookworm.’
      • ‘The prevalence of hookworm had reduced from 55 per cent to eight per cent and schistosomiasis from 48 per cent to 24 per cent.’