a very small nematode worm (Trichinella spiralis) that causes trichinosis
Origin of trichinaModern Latin from Classical Greek trichinos, hairy from thrix (gen. trichos), hair
nounpl. tri·chi·nae, or tri·chi·nas
Any of several small parasitic nematode worms of the genus Trichinella, especially T. spiralis, that infest the intestines of various mammals and that move through the bloodstream as larvae, becoming encysted in muscles.
Origin of trichinaNew Latin from Greek trikhinē feminine of trikhinos of hair from thrix trikh- hair
(plural trichinas or trichinae)