Pentastomiasis: Site Glossary


Annelida: a phylum that includes earthworms, and leeches.

Arthropoda: a phylum that includes crustaceans, insects, and arachnids.

Asymptomatic: showing no symptoms or signs of disease.

Definitive Host: a host in which a parasite develops to an sexually mature (adult) stage.

Edema: swelling, from excessive accumulation of serous fluid in tissue

Endoparasite: a parasite that lives inside another organism

Granulomatous reaction: a nodule of firm tissue formed as a reaction to chronic irritation.

Intermediate Host: a host in which a parasite transitions through larval or developmental stages.

Laparoscopy: An operation in which a slender, tubular scope is inserted through an incision in the abdominal wall, in order to view the abdominal or pelvic cavities.

Larva: a stage of its overall form is already that of the adult.

Mesentery: the tissue that connects the bowel with the inside back wall of the abdomen. It contains arteries, veins, lymphatic ducts, and nerves to the intestines.

Molting: To shed or cast off a bodily covering.

Nasopharyngitis: Inflammation of the nasal passages and of the upper part of the pharynx.

Nymph: the immature form of some insect species that underwent incomplete metamorphosis.

Reptile: various cold-blooded vertebrates of the class Reptilia, such as a snake, lizard, crocodile, turtle, or dinosaur.

Serologic Test: a blood test that reveals key characteristics of a disease or organism.

Serous membranes: membranes which secrete watery serum as a lubricant.

Thiabendazole: a medical drug used as an antifungal agent and as an anthelmintic.

Vector: An organism that carries disease-causing microorganisms from one host to another (such as the mosquito with Malaria).

Vermiform: resembling the long, thin, cylindrical shape of a worm.

Zoonosis: a disease of animals that can be transmitted to humans.