Medical Dictionary: Nematodes


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Nematodes: Another name for Roundworm.
Nematodes (condition): Any of various long round worms

Nematodes: Roundworms, or nematodes, are a group of invertebrates (animals having no backbone) with long, round bodies. They range in size from those plainly visible to the naked eye to those several hundredths-of-an-inch long and visible only under a microscope. Most roundworms or their eggs are found in the soil and can be picked up on the hands and transferred to the mouth or can enter through the skin. With the exception of the roundworm that causes trichinosis, mature roundworms eventually end up or live in human intestines and cause a variety of health problems.1

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1. excerpt from Parasitic Roundworm Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

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