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any nematode of the genus Trichuris.
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Trich·u·ris trich·i·u·'ra

the whipworm of humans, a species that causes trichuriasis; the body is filiform and slender in the anterior three fifths, and more robust posteriorly; females are 4 or 5 cm long, males are shorter (with coiled caudal extremity and a single eversible spicule); eggs are barrel-shaped, 50-56 mcm by 20-22 mcm, with double shell and translucent knobs at each of the two poles; humans are the only susceptible hosts and usually acquire infection by direct finger-to-mouth contact or by ingestion of soil, water, or food that contains larvated eggs (development in the soil takes 3-6 weeks under proper conditions of warmth and moisture, hence distribution is chiefly tropical); larvae escape from eggs in the ileum, mature in approximately a month, and then pass directly into the cecum without undergoing a parenteral migration as occurs with Ascaris lumbricoides; adults may persist for 2-7 years.
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(wĭp′wûrm′, hwĭp′-)
Any of several slender, whip-shaped, parasitic nematode worms of the genus Trichuris that infest the intestines of mammals, especially T. trichiura, which causes trichuriasis in humans.
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A nematode worm of the family Trichuridae with a body that is thick at one end and very long and slender at the other end.
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There were substantial differences between the mean eggs of roundworm and hookworm within and between the time of use but not for whipworm. Mean eggs for roundworm were the largest for black soil used for less than a year, followed by black soil used between one and two years.
[47] CDC, "Trichuriasis (also known as Whipworm Infection)," https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/whipworm/ retrieved on Nov 22, 2016.
The roundworm and the whipworm are still popular intestinal parasites today.
Worm and protozoan infiltration is the principal reason of iron deficiency anaemia; whipworm influx causes growth retardation and anaemia in children while hefty influx with both roundworm and whipworm causes protein energy malnutrition.
In contrast, the pig whipworm causes disease and losses in livestock, but it does not cause disease in humans.
A: The most common parasitic worms that infest Filipinos are roundworms, notably ascaris, whipworm, hookworm and pinworm.
Sonnenberg, "An apparent case of human infection withthe whipworm of dogs, Trichurisvulpis (Froelich, 1789)," The Journal of parasitology, vol.
(5) The World Health Organization (WHO), 2008 estimates that infection with round worm (Ascaris lumbricoides), whipworm (Trichuris trichiura) and hookworms (Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus) affect approximately 250 million, 46 million and 151 million people, respectively (6) Thus, worm infestation as a public health problem needs immediate attention from policy makers in India and other South Asian countries.
In fact, the Food and Drug Administration has granted pig whipworm (Trichuris suis) the status of Investigational New Drug.