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Medical Term:

Limnatis nilotica

Pronunciation: lim-na'tis ni-lot'i-ka


The horse leech; a species of land-leech of southern Europe and northern Africa that may infest the nostrils or gullet and, by attaching itself to the mucous membrane, may cause hemorrhages and anemia in horses and other animals drinking leech-infested water.

[G. limne, pool]

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