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swimmer's itch

noun, Pathology
1.
an inflammation of the skin, resembling insect bites, caused by burrowing larval forms of schistosomes.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; so called because the schistosomes enter the skin from untreated water
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swimmers itch in Medicine

swimmer's itch swim·mer's itch (swĭm'ərz)
n.
See schistosome dermatitis.

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Encyclopedia Article for swimmers itch

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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