Guinea wormguinea worm
a nematode worm (Dracunculus medinensis) of tropical Africa and S Asia, parasitic as an adult in the subcutaneous tissues of humans and other mammals: the female can reach a length of c. 90 cm (c. 3 ft)
Origin of Guinea wormafter Guinea, where origin, originally found throughout the region
A nematode worm (Dracunculus medinensis) that is a parasite of humans in tropical Africa and formerly in Asia. Larvae are transmitted to humans when infected copepods are ingested in drinking water. The larvae develop in the body, and painful lesions occur when the mature female worms emerge gradually from the skin, usually of the lower legs.
Origin of guinea wormAfter the Guinea coast of Africa
- A long, white parasitic worm which can live in the human skin.