Definition of Echinococcus

1. Noun. Tapeworms whose larvae are parasitic in humans and domestic animals.

Generic synonyms: Cestode, Tapeworm
Group relationships: Genus Echinococcus



Definition of Echinococcus

1. n. A parasite of man and of many domestic and wild animals, forming compound cysts or tumors (called hydatid cysts) in various organs, but especially in the liver and lungs, which often cause death. It is the larval stage of the Tænia echinococcus, a small tapeworm peculiar to the dog.

Definition of Echinococcus

1. Noun. (zoology) A parasite of humans and of many domestic and wild animals, the larval stage of ''Taenia echinococcus'', that forms compound cysts or tumours (called hydatid cysts) in various organs, but especially in the liver and lungs. ¹

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Definition of Echinococcus

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Medical Definition of Echinococcus

1. A tissue infection by the larval stage of the Echinococcus granulosus worm. This disease is common in South America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Sporadic cases have been reported in the us. Infection occurs after ingestion of eggs in infected dog faeces. The infection is carried to the liver where cysts form. Cysts may also form in the lungs, bone, brain, kidney, muscles and spleen. Symptoms include abdominal pain, itching, cough, haemoptysis, chest pain and fever. Treatment includes the surgical removal of cysts from the tissue. (19 Jan 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Echinococcus

echini
echinid
echinidan
echinids
echinital
echinite
echinites
echino-
echinocactus
echinocandin
echinocandins
echinococci
echinococciasis
echinococcoses
echinococcosis
echinococcus (current term)
echinococcus cyst
echinococcus disease
echinocyte
echinoderm
echinoderm family
echinoderm genus
echinodermal
echinodermatous
echinoderms
echinoid
echinoidea
echinoids
echinomycin
echinosis

Literary usage of Echinococcus

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1. The Principles and practice of medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1903)
"... numerous throughout the muscles they may be seen under the tongue, in which situation they may exist in the pig in numbers. II. echinococcus Disease. ..."

2. The Diseases of Children: A Work for the Practising Physician by Meinhard von Pfaundler, Arthur Schlossmann (1908)
"A sub-variety of the latter is the echinococcus multilocularis, ... I, II, III, IV, stages of development of the head of the echinococcus (k) and the ..."

3. A Text-book of the Practice of Medicine by James Meschter Anders (1915)
"The dog first becomes infected by eating the echinococcus cysts of some animal that harbors the larval form of the tenia, and the matured ..."

4. The Diseases of Children: A Work for the Practising Physician by Meinhard von Pfaundler, Arthur Schlossmann (1912)
"A sub-variety of the latter is the echinococcus multilocularis, which represents ... The echinococcus multilocularis seems to arise from continued budding, ..."

5. The Annals and Magazine of Natural History by Taylor and Francis, William Jardine (1854)
"The outermost layer of the cyst is an adventitious membrane, formed by the infested animal around the echinococcus-cyst, as it would be developed round any ..."

6. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine: For the Use of Students and by Roberts Bartholow (1883)
"By the terms echinococcus of the liver, hydatid disease, ... In the only case of echinococcus of the liver met with by the author, the patient, a male, ..."

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