Medical Parasitology

Medical parasitology traditionally has included the study of three major groups of animals: parasitic protozoa, parasitic helminths (worms), and those arthropods that directly cause disease or act as vectors of various pathogens. A parasite is a pathogen that simultaneously injures and derives sustenance from its host. Some organisms called parasites are actually commensals, in that they neither benefit nor harm their host (for example, Entamoeba coli). Although parasitology had its origins in the zoologic sciences, it is today an interdisciplinary field, greatly influenced by microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, and other life sciences.

  • Amoebiasis
  • Pathogenic Flagellates
  • Medically important ciliates
  • Coccidia (Sporozoa)
  • Medically important treatodes (Flukes)
  • Nematodes (Round Worms)
  • Cestodes (Tapeworms)

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