One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Infection of humans and various other animals with parasitic trematode worms (liver flukes) of the genus Opisthorchis (family Opisthorchiidae), especially O. felineus and O. viverrini, endemic in parts of south-east and central Asia and eastern Europe, typically resulting in inflammation and scarring of the biliary tract and liver.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Osler's Modern Medicine. From scientific Latin Opisthorchis, genus name + -iasis, after German Opisthorchiosis.
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