One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A parasitic nematode worm which infests the kidneys of mammals.
Several species in the class Phasmida, in particular Stephanurus dentatus (in pigs) and the large Dioctophyma renale (in humans and other mammals)
- ‘The kidney worm is blood-red in colour and is one of the largest of the parasitic roundworms.’
- ‘A mixed-breed dog in Thunder Bay recently had a very close call with giant kidney worms, including one found in its belly stretching 116 centimetres long.’
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