chigoe


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chigoe

 [chig´o]
the sand flea, Tunga penetrans, of tropical and subtropical America and Africa. The pregnant female flea burrows into the skin of the feet, legs, or other part of the body, causing intense irritation and resulting in ulceration, sometimes leading to spontaneous amputation of a digit, if untreated.

chig·oe

(chig'ō),
Common name for Tunga penetrans.

chigoe

(chĭg′ō, chē′gō)
n.
1. A small tropical flea (Tunga penetrans), the fertilized female of which burrows under the skin of humans and other mammals, causing intense irritation and sores that may become severely infected. Also called chigger, jigger2, sand flea.
2. See chigger.

chig·oe

(chig'ō)
Common name for Tunga penetrans.

chigoe

Tunga penetrans , sometimes called the ‘jigger flea’ or chigoe, is common in tropical Africa and tropical America. After mating the female burrows under the skin, often under the big toenail or elsewhere on the feet and grows to the size of a pea because of the enormous swelling of her abdomen from a mass of eggs.