Definition of strongyle in English:



  • A nematode worm of a group that includes several common disease-causing parasites of mammals and birds.

    Genus Strongylus or family Strongylidae, class Phasmida. See also redworm (sense 2)

    • ‘Prevalence and intensity analyses included only strongyle and coccidian parasites.’
    • ‘Fortunately, large strongyles can be effectively controlled with ivermectin and related dewormers.’
    • ‘The most serious internal parasites are large and small strongyles, ascarids, bots, and pinworms.’
    • ‘Veterinarians diagnose strongyle infection from microscopic observation of eggs in the feces.’
    • ‘The results were remarkably similar to the equine findings, vascular strongyle type parasitic infection.’


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Strongylus, from Greek strongulos ‘round’.