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swimmer's itch

noun, Pathology
an inflammation of the skin, resembling insect bites, caused by burrowing larval forms of schistosomes.
1925-30; so called because the schistosomes enter the skin from untreated water Unabridged
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swimmer's itch swim·mer's itch (swĭm'ərz)
See schistosome dermatitis.

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swimmer's itch

an infection of the skin marked by prickling sensations and itching, caused by invasion of the skin by larvae of trematode worms of the genus Schistosoma, often found in freshwater lakes and ponds.

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