loiases

loiasis

[loh-ahy-uh-sis]
noun Pathology.
infestation with the parasitic eye worm, Loa loa, of the subcutaneous tissues and orbit: endemic in West Africa.
Also, loaiasis.


Origin:
1910–15; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Lo(a) a worm genus + -iasis -iasis

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loiasis lo·i·a·sis (lō-ī'ə-sĭs)
n.
A chronic disease caused by infestation of the subcutaneous connective tissue of the body with the worm Loa loa and characterized by hyperemia, exudation of fluid, and a creeping sensation in the tissues with intense itching.

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