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Pronunciation: met'a-gon'i-mus

Definition: A genus of flukes (superfamily Heterophyidae) that encyst on fish and infect various fish-eating animals, including humans. Metagonimus yokogawai, an intestinal fluke widely distributed in the Far East and the Balkans and one of the smallest (1–2.5 mm) flukes infecting humans, is passed from Semisulcospira snails to cyprinoid fish and then to humans and other fish-eating mammals and birds.

[meta- + G. gonimos, productive]

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