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Pronunciation: (shis"tu-sō-mī'u-sis), [key]
n. Pathol.
an infection caused by parasitic flukes of the genus Schistosoma, occurring commonly in eastern Asia and in tropical regions and transmitted to humans through feces-contaminated fresh water or snails: symptoms commonly include pain, anemia, and malfunction of the infected organ. Also called bilharziasis, snail fever.

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