liver fluke


liver fluke
liver fluke n any of various trematode worms that invade the mammalian liver esp one of the genus Fasciola (F. hepatica) that is a major parasite of the liver, bile ducts, and gallbladder of cattle and sheep, causes fascioliasis in humans, and uses snails of the genus Lymnaea as an intermediate host see CHINESE LIVER FLUKE

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a fluke found in the liver, such as species of Clonorchis, Dicrocoelium, Fasciola, Fascioloides, or Opisthorchis.

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  • liver fluke — n. any of various trematodes (esp. Clonorchis sinensis) that in the adult stage live as parasites in the liver of various vertebrates, including humans …   English World dictionary

  • Liver fluke — Fasciola hepatica Liver flukes are a polyphyletic group of trematodes (phylum Platyhelminthes). Adults of liver flukes are localized in the liver of various mammals, including humans. These flatworms can occur in bile ducts, gallbladder, and… …   Wikipedia

  • liver fluke — noun flatworm parasitic in liver and bile ducts of domestic animals and humans (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑Fasciola hepatica • Hypernyms: ↑fluke, ↑trematode, ↑trematode worm • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • liver fluke — /liv euhr/ any of various trematodes, as Fasciola hepatica, parasitic in the liver and bile ducts of domestic animals and humans. [1785 95] * * *       any of certain parasitic flatworms that invade the liver of the host animal. See fluke. * * * …   Universalium

  • liver fluke — noun a fluke of which the adult lives in the liver of a vertebrate and the larva in a secondary host such as a snail or fish. [Fasciola hepatica and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • liver fluke — liv′er fluke [[t]ˈlɪv ər[/t]] n. ivt any of various trematodes, as Fasciola hepatica, parasitic in the liver and bile ducts of mammels • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • liver fluke — noun Date: circa 1798 any of various trematode worms (as Fasciola hepatica) that invade the mammalian liver …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • liver fluke — /ˈlɪvə fluk/ (say livuh floohk) noun a cestode platyhelminth parasitic worm, Fasciola hepatica, which lives in the bile ducts of sheep …   Australian English dictionary

  • chinese liver fluke — noun Usage: usually capitalized C : a common and destructive Asian liver fluke (Clonorchis sinensis) that invades the human liver * * * /liv euhr/ a parasitic Asian flatworm, Clonorchis sinensis, that infects the gastrointestinal tract and bile… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chinese liver fluke — n a common and destructive Asian liver fluke of the genus Clonorchis (C. sinensis) that has a complex life cycle involving a mollusk and a fish as intermediate hosts and that esp. in eastern and southeastern Asia is a serious human parasite… …   Medical dictionary