trichinosis trich·i·no·sis (trĭk'ə-nō'sĭs)
A disease caused by eating undercooked meat, usually pork, that is infested with trichinae, which develop as adults in the intestines and as larvae in the muscles, causing intestinal disorders, fever, nausea, muscular pain, and edema of the face.
|trichinosis (trĭk'ə-nō'sĭs) Pronunciation Key
A disease caused by the parasitic nematode Trichinella spiralis that is ingested as larvae found in the muscle tissue of undercooked meat, especially pork. Once digested, the larvae develop into adult worms in the intestinal tract. Trichinosis is characterized by fever, intestinal pain, nausea, muscular pain, and edema.