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lungworm

[luhng-wurm] /ˈlʌŋˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
any nematode worm of the superfamily Metastrongylidae, parasitic in the lungs of various mammals.
2.
a nematode worm of the genus Rhabdias, parasitic in the lungs of reptiles and amphibians.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; lung + worm
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  • Various species of rats are the definitive hosts of the parasite, also known as the rat lungworm.
  • They are susceptible to disease such as lungworm, and sometimes fall off cliffs.
British Dictionary definitions for lungworm

lungworm

/ˈlʌŋˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
any parasitic nematode worm of the family Metastrongylidae, occurring in the lungs of mammals, esp Metastrongylus apri which infects pigs
2.
any of certain other nematodes that are parasitic in the lungs
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lungworm in Medicine

lungworm lung·worm (lŭng'wûrm')
n.
Any of various nematode worms, especially of the family Metastrongylidae, that are parasitic in the lungs of mammals.

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Encyclopedia Article for lungworm

any of the parasitic worms of the superfamily Metastrongyloidea (class Nematoda, phylum Aschelminthes) that infest the lungs and air passages of mammals, including dolphins and whales. Examples include those of the genus Metastrongylus that live in pigs, and those of the genus Dictyocaulus that live in sheep and cattle. Many species of lungworms are of veterinary importance. Members of the genus Angiostrongylus, normally occurring as parasites in rats, are known to be pathogenic in humans. The life cycle of lungworms can be direct or involve intermediate hosts, such as snails and slugs. Lungworms should not be confused with lung flukes, such as those of the genus Paragonimus, which are trematodes.

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