A condition resulting from leeches, attaching themselves to the skin or being taken into the mouth or nose while drinking.
[L. hirudo, leech, + G. -iasis, healing, therapy]
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Infestation by leeches. See: leech
The attachment of leeches to the skin. After the leeches drop off, bleeding may continue as a result of the action of hirudin. Bites may become infected or ulcerate.
A condition resulting from accidental ingestion of leeches in drinking water. They may attach themselves to the wall of the pharynx, nasal cavity, or larynx.
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