Introduction: Roundworm


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Roundworm: Any of various long round worms

Roundworm: 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

Conditions list: The list of conditions in the Roundworm group includes:

Causes of Roundworm: Research more detailed information about the causes of Roundworm, or other general information about Roundworm.

Statistics and Roundworm: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Roundworm, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

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

Last revision: June 13, 2003

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