Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Oxyuris

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2281

Synonyms

Enterobius, pinworm.

Name

Greek: oxys = pointed, sharp, ura = tail.

General Information

This genus name is, e.g., retained in O. equi in horses, the males of which are small (0.8–1.5 cm), while the females reach up to 15 cm. The latter introduce intense pruritus, while leaving the anus for egg deposition.  Nematodes,  Enterobius vermicularis.

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