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[trih-pan-uh-sohm, trip-uh-nuh-] /trɪˈpæn əˌsoʊm, ˈtrɪp ə nə-/
any minute, flagellate protozoan of the genus Trypanosoma, parasitic in the blood or tissues of humans and other vertebrates, usually transmitted by insects, often causing serious diseases, as African sleeping sickness in humans, and many diseases in domestic animals.
1900-05; < Greek trȳpano- (combining form of trȳ́panon borer) + -some3
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trypanosomal, trypanosomic
[trih-pan-uh-som-ik, trip-uh-nuh-] /trɪˌpæn əˈsɒm ɪk, ˌtrɪp ə nə-/ (Show IPA),
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British Dictionary definitions for trypanosome


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
Derived Forms
trypanosomal, trypanosomic (ˌtrɪpənəˈsɒmɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Trypanosoma, from Greek trupanon borer + sōma body
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trypanosome in Medicine

trypanosome try·pan·o·some (trĭ-pān'ə-sōm')
A member of the genus Trypanosoma or of the family Trypanosomatidae.

try·pan'o·so'mal or try·pan'o·som'ic (-sŏm'ĭk) adj.
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trypanosome in Science
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.
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