schistosomiasis[s̸his′tə sō mī′ə sis]
a chronic, usually tropical, disease, caused by schistosomes and characterized in humans by disorders of the liver, urinary bladder, lungs, or central nervous system
Origin of schistosomiasisModL: see schistosome and amp; -iasis
Any of various chiefly tropical diseases caused by infestation with schistosomes and usually acquired through contact with contaminated water, characterized by gradual destruction of the tissues of the kidneys, liver, and other organs. Also called bilharzia, bilharziasis, snail fever.
- (medicine) Any of various diseases of humans caused by parasitic blood flukes of the genus Schistosoma