• Dickson D. Despommier
  • John W. Karapelou


Nematodes comprise a large group of organisms, the majority of which are free-living. Characteristically, they are nonsegmented round worms, and the sexes are separate and usually morphologically distinct. The life cycles of parasitic nematodes can be rather simple. For example, some species of nematodes lay eggs that leave the host in feces and embryonate in soil. In these cases, the eggs enter the host by the oral route and the worms develop to adults in the intestinal tract. Other species of nematodes have more complex cycles, involving intermediate invertebrate or vertebrate hosts, often with complex migration routes, once inside the host. The route of entry into the host can also vary, with some species being capable of penetrating directly into the host through the unbroken skin. Nematode parasites have been selected for life in a broad spectrum of niches within the mammalian host, including intracellular and intramulticellular environments.


Blood Meal Adult Worm Reservoir Host Female Worm Ascaris Lumbricoides 
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Selected Readings

  1. Campbell WC (ed): Trichinella and Trichinosis. New York, Plenum, 1983Google Scholar
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dickson D. Despommier
    • 1
  • John W. Karapelou
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Tropical MedicineColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Center for Biomedical Communications, College of Physicians and SurgeonsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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