Elephantiasis Definition

A chronic disease characterized by the enlargement of certain parts of the body, esp. the legs and genitals, and by the hardening and ulceration of the surrounding skin: it is caused by obstruction of the lymphatic vessels, often due to infestation by filarial worms.
Webster's New World
A tropical filarial disease that often leads to this condition as a result of infestation of the lymph glands and vessels with filarial worms; lymphatic filariasis.
American Heritage Medicine

Origin of Elephantiasis

  • Latin elephantiāsis from Greek elephās elephant- elephant -iāsis -iasis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin elephas, +‎ -iasis.

    From Wiktionary

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