\bɪlhˈɑːzi͡ə hˌiːmɐtˈə͡ʊbi͡ə], \bɪlhˈɑːziə hˌiːmɐtˈəʊbiə], \b_ɪ_l_h_ˈɑː_z_iə h_ˌiː_m_ɐ_t_ˈəʊ_b_iə]\
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By Willam Alexander Newman Dorland
Syn. : Distoma haematobia, Schistosomum haematobium, Distoma capense. A cylindrical worm of the class Trematoda. The male is about half an inch long and the female somewhat longer, but more slender. During copulation the female is lodged in the gynecophoric canal of the male. It is found in the portal vessels and in the veins of the mesentery and of the urinary tract, causing a severe disease, characterized by hematuria, anemia, and diarrhea, endemic in parts of Africa and in the Mauritius. The eggs finally reach the bladder, from which they are voided in the urine and, when supplied with fresh water, the free-swimming larva develops.
By Smith Ely Jelliffe