trichina [trih-kahy-nuh] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural tri·chi·nae [trih-kahy-nee] /trɪˈkaɪ ni/.

  1. a nematode, Trichinella spiralis, the adults of which live in the intestine and produce larvae that encyst in the muscle tissue, especially in pigs, rats, and humans.

Origin of trichina 1825–35; New Latin Greek tríchina, noun use of feminine of tríchinos of hair. See trich-, -ine1 Examples from the Web for trichina Historical Examples of trichina

  • In the pig, the trichina, if present, may always be found in the muscles of the eye.

    Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • Some species are of microscopic size; as the Trichina worm, which is about 1/20 in.

    Elementary Zoology, Second Edition

    Vernon L. Kellogg

  • The Trichina is a nematode worm, and not an insect, as it was at first called.

    Animal Parasites and Messmates

    P. J. Van Beneden

  • Nearly 50,000 Trichina were counted in an infected leg of pork (Rupprecht).


    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • The trichina capsules commonly measure about one-fifth of a line long, and the coiled worm within is scarcely a half-line long.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II


  • British Dictionary definitions for trichina trichina noun plural -nae (-niː)

    1. a parasitic nematode worm, Trichinella spiralis, occurring in the intestines of pigs, rats, and man and producing larvae that form cysts in skeletal muscle

    Word Origin for trichina C19: from New Latin, from Greek trikhinos relating to hair, from thrix a hair trichina in Medicine trichina [trĭ-kī′nə] n. pl. tri•chi•nae (-nē)

    1. A small, slender parasitic nematode (Trichinella spiralis) that infests the intestines of various mammals and whose larvae move through the bloodstream, becoming encysted in muscles.

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