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Etymology: L, intestinum + AS, floc
any internal parasite of the genera Fasciolopsis, Heterophyes, and Metagonimus in North America and of other genera in Asia and in tropical countries. They enter the body through the mouth as encysted larvae in aquatic vegetation or freshwater fish. Symptoms of intestinal fluke infestation usually include abdominal pain and obstruction and diarrhea.
in·tes·ti·nal fluke(in-tes'ti-năl flūk)
Any of various trematodes parasitizing the human small intestine; severe infection may cause ulceration, malabsorption, and obstruction.
Any of several species of flukes infesting the intestine in humans. They include Gastrodiscoides hominis, Fasciolopsis buski, Heterophyes heterophyes, and Metagonimus yokogawai.
See also: fluke