|any parasitic flagellate protozoan of the genus Trypanosoma, which lives in the blood of vertebrates, is transmitted by certain insects, and causes sleeping sickness and certain other diseases|
|[C19: from New Latin Trypanosoma, from Greek trupanon borer + sōma body]|
trypanosome try·pan·o·some (trĭ-pān'ə-sōm')
A member of the genus Trypanosoma or of the family Trypanosomatidae.
|trypanosome (trĭ-pān'ə-sōm') Pronunciation Key
Any of various parasitic flagellate protozoans of the genus Trypanosoma that can cause serious diseases, such as sleeping sickness. They are transmitted by the bite of certain insects, such as tsetse flies.