Definition of hookworm in English:

hookworm

noun

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

    Ancylostoma, Uncinaria, Necator, and other genera, class Phasmida, including N. americanus, which infects millions of people in the tropics

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms most commonly infect cats.’
    • ‘It eliminates the tissue stages of heartworms and also removes and controls adult and immature stages of hookworms.’
    • ‘These can be roundworms, tapeworms or hookworms.’
    • ‘Certain species of hookworms can affect humans when the larvae burrow under humans' skin and cause an itchy rash.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Adult roundworms and hookworms are parasites that live in your pet's small intestine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our vet also found that he had hookworms and whipworms and these are now gone.’
    • ‘A. duodenale and N. americanus are hookworms that cause blood loss, anemia, pica and wasting.’
    • ‘‘One family came to me en masse - six members - for the elimination of their hookworms,’ Dr. Nelson notes.’
    • ‘In the case of hookworms, there may also be intestinal bleeding and anemia.’
    • ‘The blood loss caused by hookworms can produce a microcytic hypochromic anemia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are testing a protein derived from hookworms that could be used to prevent blood clots in stroke victims.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.
      • ‘In the developing countries this is normally the result of poor diet, often combined with blood loss due to parasitic infection, particularly hookworm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It conducted important research on such endemic parasitical diseases as hookworm, malaria, and yellow fever.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘He has lost a lot of weight, due to hookworm, and he has open wounds in his chest and abdomen.’
      • ‘Anyone who has recently been to a tropical country may have a test for 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.’
      • ‘The effect of hookworm could not be assessed because no individuals with hookworm had evidence of exercise-induced wheeze.’
      • ‘Among those implicated are rotavirus, hookworm, Giardia.’
      • ‘We asked for a second opinion and began our relationship with Richard, who immediately diagnosed hookworm and successfully treated Max for it.’
      • ‘Nongovernment organizations have initiated public health programs such as the Rockefeller Foundation which undertook eradication of pellagra and hookworm.’
      • ‘Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, and hookworm are the most prevalent geohelminth infections.’
      • ‘The troops suffered from malaria, dengue fever, beriberi, hookworm and pellagra.’

Pronunciation

hookworm

/ˈhʊkwəːm/