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 trikhin&emacron;, feminine of trikhinos, of hair, from thrix, trikh-, hair.
(plural trichinas or trichinae)