Dicrocoelium dendriticum


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Dicrocoelium dendriticum

(di?kro-sel'e-um den?drit'i-kum)
A species of liver flatworm that uses grazing animals (cattle, sheep) as its definitive host. Its intermediate hosts are snails and ants. It is an occasional cause of liver fluke infestation in humans. See: liver fluke
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Studies on the biology of Dicrocoelium dendriticum (Rudolphi1819) (Looss 1899) (Trematoda: Dicrocoeliidae) including its relation to the intermediate host Cionella lubrica (Mu ller).
Ants infected with the parasitic Dicrocoelium dendriticum worm, for example, crawl up grass blades until some grazing cow or sheep inadvertently scoops them up with a mouthful of forage.
Everyone in Scene II was infected with a microscopic, lance-shaped fluke, a trematode called Dicrocoelium dendriticum.