A genus of small nematodes (family Rhabditidae, order Rhabditida), some of which are free-living, others parasitic on plants and animals; by dwelling on decaying organic matter, including putrefying flesh, some species have been viewed as parasitic or incipient parasites. Rhabditis strongyloides may invade the skin of dogs, cattle, and rodents, causing dermatitis.

Origin: G. Rhabdos, a rod

(05 Mar 2000)

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