elephantiasis

elephantiasis

[el-uh-fuhn-tahy-uh-sis, -fan-]
noun
1.
Pathology. a chronic filarial disease resulting in lymphatic obstruction, characterized by marked enlargement of the parts affected, especially of the legs and scrotum, transmitted by mosquitoes.
2.
untoward growth or development: bureaucratic elephantiasis.

Origin:
1575–85; < Latin < Greek elephantíāsis, equivalent to elephant- elephant + -iāsis -iasis

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elephantiasis (ˌɛlɪfənˈtaɪəsɪs)
 
n
pathol See also filariasis a complication of chronic filariasis, in which nematode worms block the lymphatic vessels, usually in the legs or scrotum, causing extreme enlargement of the affected area
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek, from elephaselephant + -iasis]
 
elephantiasic
 
adj

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elephantiasis
1581, from Gk. elephantos, gen. of elephas "elephant" + -iasis "pathological or morbid condition." It refers to two diseases, one characterized by thickening of a body part (E. Arabum), the other, older meaning is "disease characterized by skin resembling an elephant's" (E. Græcorum, also called
Egyptian leprosy).
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elephantiasis el·e·phan·ti·a·sis (ěl'ə-fən-tī'ə-sĭs)
n.
Chronic, often extreme enlargement and hardening of cutaneous and subcutaneous tissue, especially of the legs and external genitals, resulting from lymphatic obstruction and usually caused by infestation of the lymph glands and vessels with a filarial worm.


el'e·phan·ti'ac' (-tī'āk') adj.
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