One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Infestation with or disease caused by strongyles (or, occasionally, other parasitic nematodes), especially in horses, typically resulting in diarrhoea, other gastrointestinal symptoms, and anaemia. [Infection of horses with Strongylus vulgaris may result in thrombosis and aneurysm formation in the mesenteric and other arteries, caused by migration of larval worms.]
Late 19th century. From strongyle + -osis.
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