Hirudo


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Hirudo

(hi-rū'dō),
A genus of leeches (class Hirudinea, family Gnathobdellidae). Species previously used in medicine are: Hirudo australis, Australian leech; Hirudo decora, American leech; Hirudo interrupta or Hirudo troctina, a North African leech; Hirudo medicinalis, speckled, Swedish, or German leech, the species previously in most general use; Hirudo m. officinalis, a variety of the preceding; Hirudo provincialis, the green or Hungarian leech; Hirudo quinquestriata, five-striped leech.
[L. leech]
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Hi·ru·do

(hi-rū'dō)
A genus of leeches; used in traditional medicine for blood letting or as an antithrombin.
[L. leech]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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In 2004, the US Food and Drug Administration gave Hirudo medicinalis an unclassified status as a marketable medical device.
trisulca (0.009 - 0.206 mg/kg) collected from uncontaminated source of stream and Kopruoren Village (contaminated) and in Hirudo sp.
Because the microglia accumulation at the site of lesion is known as a rapid and important process for the usual sprouting of injured axons in leech Hirudo medicinalis, the subsequent studies aimed to identify the molecular processes responsible of the microglial recruitment following lesions in the leech CNS.
Hirudo medicinalis belongs to the aquatic subgroup and frequently used in therapeutic medicine.5 Hirudo medicinalis is acquired occasionally while bathing in contaminated rivers or, as in our case, drinking water from contaminated wells or springs.
(Sterculiaceae) is mixed with oil obtained from leeches (Hirudo medicinalis L.) and massaged onto the penis or vaginal region twice daily for 7 days.
If there was blood stasis, 10 grams each of Fu Bie Chong (Eupolyphaga/Steleophaga) and Shui Zhi (Hirudo) and 15 grams of Jiang Huang (Rhizoma Curcumae Longae) were added.
"Leeches are not disgusting creatures!" (Still, the color photos are not for the squeamish.) Michalsen (complementary and integrative medicine, Kliniken Eissen-Mitte, Knappshaftskrankenhaus, Essen, Germany) and other German and US contributors back up their enthusiasm for Hirudo medicinalis by reviewing research data supporting the re-emergence of the traditional practice of leeching.
Unlikely creatures like Bufo, the Toad, and Hirudo, the Leech, appeared in Hill's Urania.
My pet leech Archie is a medicinal leech or Hirudo medicinalis and is part of my demos.
Surgeons have found that the medicinal leech, or Hirudo medicinalis, helps heal skin grafts and reattached fingers and ears.