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  1. helminth, parasitic wormnoun

    worm that is parasitic on the intestines of vertebrates especially roundworms and tapeworms and flukes


  1. Parasitic worm

    Parasitic worms, also known as helminths, are large macroparasites; adults can generally be seen with the naked eye. Many are intestinal worms that are soil-transmitted and infect the gastrointestinal tract. Other parasitic worms such as schistosomes reside in blood vessels. Some parasitic worms, including leeches and monogeneans, are ectoparasites – thus, they are not classified as helminths, which are endoparasites. Parasitic worms live in and feed in living hosts. They receive nourishment and protection while disrupting their hosts' ability to absorb nutrients. This can cause weakness and disease in the host, and poses a global health and economic problem. Parasitic worms cannot reproduce entirely within their host's body; they have a life cycle that includes some stages that need to take place outside of the host. Helminths are able to survive in their mammalian hosts for many years due to their ability to manipulate the host's immune response by secreting immunomodulatory products. All parasitic worms produce eggs during reproduction. These eggs have a strong shell that protects them against a range of environmental conditions. The eggs can therefore survive in the environment for many months or years. Many of the worms referred to as helminths are intestinal parasites. An infection by a helminth is known as helminthiasis, helminth infection, or intestinal worm infection. There is a naming convention which applies to all helminths: the ending "-asis" (or in veterinary science: "-osis") is added at the end of the name of the worm to denote the infection with that particular worm. For example, Ascaris is the name of a type of helminth, and ascariasis is the name of the infection caused by that helminth.


  1. parasitic worm

    A parasitic worm is a type of organism from the helminth family that lives and feeds off living hosts, receiving nourishment and protection while disrupting their hosts' nutrient absorption, causing weakness and disease. These worms can live inside the body in various locations such as blood, intestine, and lymphatic system. Examples include tapeworms, roundworms, and flukes. These parasites can cause infections, some of them serious, and are usually transmitted through contaminated food, water, soil, or through the bite of an infected insect.


  1. Parasitic worm

    Parasitic worms, often referred to as helminths, are a division of eukaryotic parasites. They are worm-like organisms living in and feeding on living hosts, receiving nourishment and protection while disrupting their hosts' nutrient absorption, causing weakness and disease. Those that live inside the digestive tract are called intestinal parasites. They can live inside humans and other animals. Helminthology is the study of parasitic worms and their effects on their hosts. The word helminth comes from Greek hélmins, a kind of worm.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parasitic worm in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parasitic worm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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