a chronic disease characterized by the enlargement of certain parts of the body, esp. the legs and genitals, and by the hardening and ulceration of the surrounding skin: it is caused by obstruction of the lymphatic vessels, often due to infestation by filarial worms
Origin of elephantiasisClassical Latin from Classical Greek elephantiasis from elephas, elephant: from resemblance of the skin to the elephant's hide + -asis
- Chronic, often extreme enlargement and hardening of cutaneous and subcutaneous tissue, especially of the legs and external genitals, resulting from lymphatic obstruction.
- A tropical filarial disease that often leads to this condition as a result of infestation of the lymph glands and vessels with filarial worms; lymphatic filariasis.
Origin of elephantiasisLatin elephantiāsis from Greek elephās elephant- elephant -iāsis -iasis