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eye worm

a filarial worm, Loa loa, of western and central Africa, that is parasitic in the skin, or subcutaneous tissue, of human beings, often migrating into the eye region.
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1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The African eye-worm is another example of a parasite causing mechanical injury only at certain times.

    Insects and Diseases Rennie W. Doane
  • One of the most interesting equine nematodes is the eye-worm.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold

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