A genus of leeches (class Hirudinea, family Gnathobdellidae). Species previously used in medicine are: H. australis, Australian leech; H. decora, American leech; H. interrupta or H. troctina, a leech of northern Africa; H. medicinalis, speckled, Swedish, or German leech, the species previously in most general use; H. m. officinalis, a variety of the preceding; H. provincialis, the green or Hungarian leech; H. quinquestriata, five-striped leech. [L. leech]

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Hi·ru·do hi-'rü-(.)dō n a genus of leeches that is the type of the family Hirudinidae and includes the common medicinal leech (H. medicinalis)

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Hi·ru·do (hĭ-rooґdo) [L. “leech”] a genus of leeches of the family Gnathobdellidae. H. japoґnica and H. medicinaґlis have been used medicinally (see leeching). Other species include H. javaґnica of Indonesia and Burma, H. quinquestriaґta of Australia, and H. troctiґna of Europe. H. aegyptiґaca has been renamed Limnatis nilotica.

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  • HIRUDO — apud vetustiores Latinos, quasi hiludo, ex Graeco ἕλος, palus, quod in paludosis locis degat; Graecis βδέλλα, a verbo βδάλλειν, quod exsugere notat. Hebr. alaka, dicitur, a pendendo et adhaerendo. Horat. de arte poet. v. 476. Non missura cutem,… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Hirudo — Hi*ru do, n. [L., a leech.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of leeches, including the common medicinal leech. See {Leech}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hirūdo — (lat.), Blutegel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Hirudo — Hirūdo (lat.), der Blutegel (s.d.) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • hirudo — género de sanguijuelas que se introducen en el cuerpo al beber agua. Las más conocidas son la H. sanguisorba o Haemopsis sanguisuga, muy común en Europa. La especie H. medicinalis fue muy empleada antiguamente para provocar sangrías locales… …   Diccionario médico

  • Hirudo — noun type genus of the family Hirudinidae • Syn: ↑genus Hirudo • Hypernyms: ↑worm genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Hirudinidae, ↑family Hirudinidae • Member Meronyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hirudo — Hiru̱do [aus lat. hirudo, Gen.: hirudinisHirudo= Blutegel] w; , ...dines: Gattung der Blutegel. Hiru̱do medicina̱lis: “medizinischer Blutegel“, Blutegelart, deren Vertreter in den Speicheldrüsen ein die Blutgerinnung hemmendes Sekret besitzen,… …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • hirudo — hi·ru·do …   English syllables

  • Hirudo Medicinalis — Hirudo medicinalis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Hirudo medicinalis — Conservation status Near Threatened&# …   Wikipedia

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