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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ong'ko-ser'ka

Definition: A genus of elongated filariform nematodes (family Onchocercidae) that inhabit the connective tissue of their hosts, usually within firm nodules in which these parasites are coiled and entangled.

Synonym(s): Oncocerca

[G. onkos, a barb, + kerkos, tail]

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