One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Hookworm infection of the small intestine, often leading to anemia.
The infecting organism is typically Ancylostoma duodenale, class Phasmida (or Secernentea)
- ‘Gastro-intestinal helminths accounted for 68% of all parasitic conditions with ancylostomiasis as the leading cause of mortality.’
- ‘Symptoms of ancylostomiasis vary by host, but often include diarrhea, weight loss, and severe anemia.’
- ‘Moreover, as discussed above, there was some other cause than ancylostomiasis for the presence of this malabsorption.’
- ‘Up to three stool examinations in the 54 cases showed 14 men with abnormal intestinal parasitology - strongyloidiasis, 6; ankylostomiasis, 3; trichuriasis, 2; amoebiasis, 3.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Ancylostoma (from Greek ankulos ‘crooked’ + stoma ‘mouth’) + -iasis.
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