onchocerciasis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From scientific Latin Onchocerca (a genus of parasitic worms), from Ancient Greek ὄγκος (ónkos, barb) + κέρκος (kérkos, tail) + -iasis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɒŋkəsɜːˈkaɪəsɪs/

Noun[edit]

onchocerciasis (countable and uncountable, plural onchocerciases)

  1. (medicine) A disease caused by a worm of the genus Onchocerca, especially as transmitted to humans by flies and often causing blindness; common in tropical Africa.

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