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Noun: hookworm  'hûk,wurm
  1. Parasitic bloodsucking roundworms having hooked mouth parts to fasten to the intestinal wall of human and other hosts
  2. Infestation of the intestines by hookworms which enter the body (usually) through the skin
    - hookworm disease

Derived forms: hookworms

Type of: helminthiasis, nematode, nematode worm, roundworm

Part of: Ancylostomatidae, family Ancylostomatidae

Encyclopedia: Hookworm