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Pronunciation: gon'ji-lo-ne'ma

Definition: A genus of spiruroid nematodes that parasitize the alimentary canal of birds and mammals; transmitted through various insects, especially beetles, carrying the encysted infective larvae. Several species are of veterinary importance, and one is also known to parasitize humans.

[Gr. gongylos, round, + nema, thread]

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