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[as-kuh-ris] /ˈæs kə rɪs/
noun, plural ascarides
[a-skar-i-deez] /æˈskær ɪˌdiz/ (Show IPA)
any parasitic roundworm of the genus Ascaris, found in the human small intestine and causing colic and diarrhea.
Also, ascarid.
Origin of ascaris
late Middle English
< New Latin (Linnaeus), the genus < Greek ascarís intestinal worm; compare earlier, late Middle English ascarides (plural) < Medieval Latin < Greek Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • ascaris cephaloptera, Rudolphi.Diaphanocephalus viper, Rudolphi.

    The Snakes of Europe G. A. Boulenger
  • A second species of ascaris (A. alienata) is described from Nasua rufa.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • He says of it:—From the distinctness of the lateral membranes of the head I have given it the name of ascaris alata.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • A species of ascaris and a Trichosoma (T. entomelas) are not uncommon in the intestines.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • This ascaris has also been found in Cercopithecus fuliginosus and in Simia saba.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • Treutler's drawing of Hamularia, as copied by Leuckart, looks like an ascaris upside down.

  • It is quite clear, therefore, that these authors did not believe that the ascaris mystax was a human parasite.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • In ascaris, Boveri obtained similar but still more striking results.

  • A slightly more complicated metamorphosis is common in the genera ascaris and Strongylus.

  • Following Brandts nomenclature the species has since been recognised as ascaris rhytin.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
ascaris in Medicine

Ascaris As·ca·ris (ās'kə-rĭs)
A genus of large roundworms parasitic in the small intestine of humans and other vertebrates.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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