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[doo-reen] /dʊˈrin/
noun, Veterinary Pathology
an infectious disease of horses, affecting the genitals and hind legs, caused by a protozoan parasite, Trypanosoma equiperdum.
1880-85; < French; compare Arabic darin scabby Unabridged
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an infectious venereal disease of horses characterized by swollen glands, inflamed genitals, and paralysis of the hindquarters, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma equiperdum contracted during copulation
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C19: from French, from Arabic darina to be dirty, scabby
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venereal disease of horses, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma equiperdum. The disease, which involves paralysis, is incurable. Serum tests have largely eradicated it in advanced countries, where a positive test requires the destruction of the animal. Trypanosomiasis, also caused by Trypanosoma, is known in two forms, Chagas' disease and sleeping sickness (qq.v.).

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