any of a genus (Schistosoma) of flukes that live as parasites in the blood vessels of birds and mammals, including humans
Origin of schistosomefrom Modern Latin from Classical Greek schistos, cleft (see schist) + s?ma, body: see somatic
Any of various chiefly tropical trematode worms of the family Schistosomatidae and especially the genus Schistosoma, many of which are parasitic in the blood of humans and other mammals. Also called bilharzia . Also called blood fluke .
Origin of schistosomeNew Latin Schistosōma genus name Greek skhistos split ; see schist . Greek sōma body ; see -some 3.