Infection of the intestinal wall by larvae of Anisakis marina and other genera of anisakid nematodes (Contracaecum, Phocanema), characterized by intestinal eosinophilic granuloma and symptoms like those of peptic ulcer or tumor. SYN: herring-worm disease. [G. anisos, unequal, + akis, a point, + -iasis, condition]

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an·i·sa·ki·a·sis .an-ə-sə-'kī-ə-sis n intestinal infection caused by the larvae of a nematode (family Anisakidae and esp. Anisakis marina) and usu. contracted by eating raw fish (as in sushi)

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an·i·sa·ki·a·sis (an″ĭ-sə-kiґə-sis) infection with a nematode of the family Anisakidae. Human infection is usually caused by third-stage larvae of the genera Anisakis and Pseudoterranova, which are eaten in undercooked infected marine fish (e.g., herring); the larvae then burrow into the stomach wall, producing an eosinophilic granulomatous mass. Called also eosinophilic granuloma.

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