Leech

Leech A friend and a fiend the leech is one of nature s most tenacious yet mysterious animals Armed with razor sharp teeth and capable of drinking many times their own volume in blood these formidable wor

Leech Some species of leech have been described, of which some are marine, terrestrial and the remainder freshwater The name for the subclass, Hirudinea, comes from the Latin hirudo, hirudinis, a leech. The primitive Acanthobdellidea are often included with the leeches, but some authors treat them as a separate clitellate group The Branchiobdellida include cleaning symbionts such Leech Definition of Leech by Merriam Webster Choose the Right Synonym for leech Noun parasite, sycophant, toady, leech, sponge mean a usually obsequious flatterer or self seeker parasite applies to one who clings to a person of wealth, power, or influence or is useless to society a jet setter with an entourage of parasites sycophant adds to this a strong suggestion of fawning, flattery, or adulation. Leech Define Leech at Dictionary Leech definition, any bloodsucking or carnivorous aquatic or terrestrial worm of the class Hirudinea, certain freshwater species of which were formerly much used in medicine for bloodletting See . Leech Idioms by The Free Dictionary leech noun A person who preys or overly depends upon another, or who clings to another in an parasitic manner Her younger brother is a bit of a leech, always hanging around us and asking for money verb To cling to or overly depend upon another person in a parasitic manner, like a leech She s always leeching off the work other people do in the Leech Article about leech by The Free Dictionary leech, predacious or parasitic annelid worm of the class Hirudinea, characterized by a cylindrical or slightly flattened body with suckers at either end for attaching to prey. Leech annelid Britannica Leech, subclass Hirudinea , any of about species of segmented worms phylum Annelida characterized by a small sucker, which contains the mouth, at the anterior end of the body and a large sucker located at the posterior end All leeches have body segments The length of the body ranges from minute to about cm inches or even longer when the animal stretches. Leech definition of leech by The Free Dictionary leech l ch n Any of various chiefly aquatic carnivorous or bloodsucking annelid worms of the class or subclass Hirudinea, of which one species Hirudo medicinalis was formerly widely used by physicians for therapeutic bloodletting One that preys on or clings to another a parasite Archaic A physician v leeched, leeching, leech

  • Title: Leech
  • Author: Robert G.W. Kirk Neil Pemberton
  • ISBN: 9781780230337
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • A friend and a fiend, the leech is one of nature s most tenacious yet mysterious animals Armed with razor sharp teeth and capable of drinking many times their own volume in blood, these formidable worms are an unlikely candidate to turn to as a cure for sickness Yet that is the role leeches have played in both Western and Eastern medicine throughout history Today they cA friend and a fiend, the leech is one of nature s most tenacious yet mysterious animals Armed with razor sharp teeth and capable of drinking many times their own volume in blood, these formidable worms are an unlikely candidate to turn to as a cure for sickness Yet that is the role leeches have played in both Western and Eastern medicine throughout history Today they continue to be used in post operative care, helping to heal the body after reconstructive surgery Leech explores how these surprising animals have helped us to overcome illness, forecast the weather, and better understand how our brains and bodies work However, for every leech that brings hope, there has been a sinister twin From Bram Stoker s Dracula, through twentieth century film, to twenty first century video games, leeches have come to represent the worst in human nature In Leech, Robert G W Kirk and Neil Pemberton reveal how these fascinating creatures have been one of humanity s most enduring and peculiar companions.Robert G W Kirk is a Wellcome Research Fellow in the Centre for the History of Science Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester Neil Pemberton is a Research Associate in the Centre for the History of Science Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester.

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    1. I've had a morbid obsession with leeches for many, many years. About 15 years ago I ordered about a dozen leeches from a biological supply house to keep as pets to try and get over my squeamishness. Didn't work. When I saw this in the "new books" section of the library I was thrilled. I thought maybe if I learned a ton about leeches that would do it. Um, nope. HOWEVER, this is a fantastic book written in a conversational tone by someone really advocating for the leech. It has sections on the lee [...]

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