Meaning of hookworm

hook•worm

Pronunciation: (hook'wûrm"), [key]
— n.
  1. any of certain bloodsucking nematode worms, as Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus, parasitic in the intestine of humans and other animals.
  2. Also calleda disease caused by hookworms, which may enter the body by ingestion or through the skin of the feet or legs, causing abdominal pain, nausea, and, if untreated, severe anemia.
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