from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various nematode worms, especially of the family Metastrongylidae, that are parasitic in the lungs of mammals.
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- n. Any of several nematode worms, of the family Metastrongylidae, that are parasitic to mammalian lungs
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of parasitic nematoid worms which infest the lungs and air passages of cattle, sheep, and other animals, often proving fatal. The lungworm of cattle (Strongylus micrurus) and that of sheep (Strongylus filaria) are the best known.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A worm parasitic in the lungs.
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For example, a small increase in temperature has a clear effect on the development of the muskox lungworm Umingmakstrongylus pallikuukensis in its gastropod intermediate hosts .
Development of the muskox lungworm Umingmakstrongylus pallikuukensis (Protostrongylidae), in gastropods in the Arctic.
When a lungworm drops to the ground in the manure, it bides its time until light strikes it.
As soon as the lungworm touches the spore package, it latches on and climbs up to the top.
The lungworm rides it like a puddlejumper, and out of range of the manure it has better odds of being eaten by a cow.
Worse, it can also carry rat lungworm, a nasty parasite that burrows into the human brain and causes meningitis, and another that can rupture the intestines.
D. filaria, the large lungworm of sheep and goats, may occasionally be present and be a cause of a clinical pneumonia.
Bacterial, viral or mycoplasma pneumonias should be ruled out before a diagnosis of lungworm is made.
They harbour the microscopic rat lungworm, which can transmit meningitis to humans.
The rat lungworm parasite can be contracted through unwashed fruits or vegetables.