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 and usually caused by infestation of the lymph glands and vessels with a filarial worm.
Origin of elephantiasisLatin elephantiasis, from Greek : elephas, elephant-, elephant + -iasis, -iasis.