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The pinworm (genus Enterobius), also known as threadworm (in the United Kingdom and Australasia) or seatworm, is a parasitic worm. It is a nematode (roundworm) and a common intestinal parasite or helminth, especially in humans.<ref name="britannica">Encyclopædia Britannica.</ref> The medical condition associated with pinworm infestation is known as enterobiasis<ref name="mw_enterobiasis">Merriam-Webster: Enterobiasis</ref> (a type of helminthiasis) or less precisely as oxyuriasis in reference to the family Oxyuridae.<ref name="mw_oxyuriasis">Merriam-Webster: Oxyuriasis</ref>

Throughout this article, the word "pinworm" refers to Enterobius. In British usage, however, pinworm refers to Strongyloides, while Enterobius is called threadworm.<ref>Vanderkooi 2000, p. B-152 & B-225</ref>


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The pinworm (genus Enterobius), also known as threadworm (in the United Kingdom and Australasia) or seatworm, is a parasitic worm. It is a nematode (roundworm) and a common intestinal parasite or helminth, especially in humans.<ref name="britannica">Encyclopædia Britannica.</ref> The medical condition associated with pinworm infestation is known as enterobiasis<ref name="mw_enterobiasis">Merriam-Webster: Enterobiasis</ref> (a type of helminthiasis) or less precisely as oxyuriasis in reference to the family Oxyuridae.<ref name="mw_oxyuriasis">Merriam-Webster: Oxyuriasis</ref>

Throughout this article, the word "pinworm" refers to Enterobius. In British usage, however, pinworm refers to Strongyloides, while Enterobius is called threadworm.<ref>Vanderkooi 2000, p. B-152 & B-225</ref>


Pinworm sections
Intro   Classification    Morphology   Distribution  Lifecycle  Infection   Gallery   See also  Notes  References   External links   

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Classification
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