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Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A member of the genus Enterobius or related genera of nematodes in the family Oxyuridae, abundant in a large variety of vertebrates, including such species as Oxyuris equi (the horse pinworm), Enterobius vermicularis (the human pinworm), Syphacia and Aspiculuris species (the mouse pinworm), Passalurus ambiguus (the rabbit pinworm), and Syphacia muris (the rat pinworm).
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
Any of various small nematode worms of the order Oxyurida that are parasitic in vertebrates and certain invertebrates, especially Enterobius vermicularis, a species that infests the human intestines. Also called threadworm.
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pinwormEnterobius vermicularis, seatworm; threadworm Microbiology
A small–visible to the naked eye—whitish worm found in North America; adult pinworms live in the colon, laying eggs outside the anus during the night and spread directly from contaminated clothing, articles, hands, or indirectly by aerosol, from which the eggs are inhaled or swallowed; eggs hatch in the small intestine and travel to the colon where they mature
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A member of the genus Enterobius or related nematodes causing intestinal parasitism in a large variety of vertebrates, including humans (Enterobius vermicularis, the human pinworm).
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
Enterobius vermicularis, a nematode worm of the family Oxyuridae that causes parasitic infestation of the intestines and cecum. Pinworm is endemic in both temperate and tropical regions and common especially in school age children.
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