January 2009
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Hookworm, a roundworm that lives as a parasite in the intestines of man and other animals. The hookworm is white and less than 1/2 inch (13 mm) long. Its mouth has cutting plates with which it attaches itself to the intestinal wall of its host. The worm drains blood from the intestinal wall, causing hookworm disease, common in tropical and subtropical areas throughout the world. The disease produces abdominal pain and iron-deficiency anemia. In children it is a frequent cause of fluid retention and stunted growth.


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