Linguatula serratamedical dictionary

A species most common in Europe, but also found in the United States, South America, and probably elsewhere; the adult is a whitish, soft, flattened, annulated worm equipped with hooks by which it attaches itself to the nasal mucosa of dogs and other canids; the larvae develop in the liver and lymph nodes of rodents, swine, cattle, and sometimes man and other primates.

Synonyms: Linguatula rhinaria.

(05 Mar 2000)