trichinosis

[trik-uh-noh-sis]
noun Pathology.
a disease resulting from infestation with Trichinella spiralis, occurring in humans, caused by ingestion of infested, undercooked pork, and characterized by fever, muscle weakness, and diarrhea.
Also, trichiniasis [trik-uh-nahy-uh-sis] .


Origin:
1865–70; trichin(a) + -osis

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trichinosis (ˌtrɪkɪˈnəʊsɪs)
 
n
Also called: trichiniasis a disease characterized by nausea, fever, diarrhoea, and swelling of the muscles, caused by ingestion of pork infected with trichina larvae
 
[C19: from New Latin trichina]

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trichinosis
"disease caused by trichinae," 1866, coined by Bernhard Rupprecht (1815-77) from trichina (1835), from Mod.L., genus name of certain minute parasitic worms, from Gk. trikhine, fem. of trikhinos "of or like hair," from thrix (gen. trikhos) "hair."
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trichinosis trich·i·no·sis (trĭk'ə-nō'sĭs)
n.
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.

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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.
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trichinosis [(trik-uh-noh-sis)]

A disease caused by eating raw or undercooked pork infested with a kind of worm that lives as a parasite. The disease is characterized by nausea, diarrhea, and pain and swelling in the muscles.

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The animals harbor the lice and fleas that spawn serious diseases such as typhus, trichinosis, and infectious jaundice.
Murine typhus, leptospirosis, and trichinosis are other rat-transmitted diseases.
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