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Meaning of ELEPHANTIASIS

Pronunciation:  `elufun'tIusis

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  hypertrophy of certain body parts (usually legs and scrotum); the end state of the disease filariasis
 

ELEPHANTIASIS is a 13 letter word that starts with E.

 

 See Also: chyloderma, elephantiasis neuromatosa, elephantiasis scroti, hypertrophy, nevoid elephantiasis, pachyderma

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\El`e*phan*ti"a*sis\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, from ?,
?, an elephant.] (Med.)
A disease of the skin, in which it become enormously
thickened, and is rough, hard, and fissured, like an
elephant's hide.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: A disease caused by the parasitic nematode worm Wuchereria bancrofti or Brugia malayi. The parasite blocks the lymphatic system and causes lymphatic edema, resulting in the swelling and thickening of skin tissues and the tissues immediately below the skin. The disease most commonly occurs in tropical regions and is spread by bloodsucking insects (which carry the larval worms).
 

 

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