hookworm hookworm  /ˈhʊ kwərm/


  1. (n) parasitic bloodsucking roundworms having hooked mouth parts to fasten to the intestinal wall of human and other hosts
  2. (n) infestation of the intestines by hookworms which enter the body (usually) through the skin


  1. The first major evil that his trustees sought to cure: hookworm in the South.
  2. One ten-year massive demonstration by doctors and mobile dispensaries in the South, and hookworm was gone.
  3. Once Tup Mba investigated a man's sock and correctly diagnosed hookworm, only to learn that the patient was not worried about his hookworm but about his undetected tuberculosis.


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  • Branch said the act opened up the region politically and economically, transforming it from the "hookworm South to the Sun Belt South."
    on Aug 18, 2007 By: Taylor Branch Source: Jackson Clarion Ledger

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