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Definition bloodsucking parasite that has hooked mouth parts to fasten to the intestinal wall of humans or other mammals; generally entering the body through the foot or other skin
  • Today, hookworm in humans is fairly rare in the US, but it remains a major problem in developing countries of the tropics and subtropics.
hookworm = an intestinal parasite
  • Over 50,000 people die each year from hookworm; though many times that number survive the disease.
  • hookworm = an intestinal parasite
  • People caught hookworms going barefooted in barnyards and hog wallows.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • hookworms = bloodsucking parasites
  • Walter Cunningham's face told everybody in the first grade he had hookworms.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • hookworms = bloodsucking parasites
  • I always wondered if the good people who send us Bibles really think that hookworm and hunger are healed by scripture?
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The longest journey always began with sitting up in bed at the rooster's crow, parting the mosquito curtain, and slipping on shoes—for there were hookworms lying in wait on the floor, itching to burrow into our bare feet.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Her very black skin looked ashy, and she had the tired slump to her shoulders I recognize in my boys when they're getting hookworm.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • "It's sort of like a chicken hookworm," said Crake.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • Despite the risk of hookworm, she removes her shoes.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • We give her the child's portions, which the child can't eat, as well as her portion, and I've asked them to give her an egg every day, and she is getting an iron injection and medicine for hookworm.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • You got to be make hills," she stated, then turned on her heel and went in the house to help my mother slosh Clorox water across the floor to kill the hookworms.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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