One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Infection of humans or other mammals with lung flukes (trematodes of the genus Paragonimus), which results from the ingestion of metacercariae in uncooked crustaceans and causes chiefly pulmonary disease with chronic cough and haemoptysis.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in T. Clifford Allbutt (1836–1925), physician. From scientific Latin Paragonimus, genus name + -iasis, after German Paragonimiasis.
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