Pathogenic Parasite Pronunciation Station

It is difficult for students not familiar with the names of the various parasites to pronounce the genus and species names. This sound station contains links to sound files of these parasites' names. There are other ways to pronounce these parasites. This is the way I pronounce them when teaching our medical students at ATSU/KCOM. However, if my pronunciation is incorrect I would like to know. Email me ( and tell me how you pronounce their names. The volume of some of the sound files maybe low. Please turn up your speakers and try the sound file again if you don't hear anything.
Protozoa- Intestinal and Urogenital
Parasite Disease Parasite disease
Entamoeba histolytica Amebic dysentery  Isospora belli AIDS-associated malabsorption syndrome; mild diarrhea
Dientamoeba fragilis Diarrhea in immunocompromised;  Cryptosporidium parvum AIDS-associated severe diarrhea; mild diarrhea
Giardia lamblia Mild diarrhea to malabsorption syndrome  Cyclospora cayetanensis Mild diarrhea
Trichomonas vaginalis Urogenital- vaginitis     
Balantidium coli Diarrhea
Protozoa- Blood and Tissue
Parasite Disease Parasite disease
Naegleria fowleri Meningoencephalitis Babesia microti Malaria-like without periodicity of fever
Acanthamoeba sp.  Keratitis, Granulomatous amebic encephalitis Toxoplasma gondii Mononucleosis-like, congenital disease in CNS and eye, AIDS-associated encephalitis
Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium malariae, Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium vivax Malaria
  1. Leishmania donovani, 

  2. Leishmania tropica,

  3. Leishmania braziliensis

  1. visceral leishmaniasis (Kala-azar)

  2. Cutaneous leishmaniasis

  3. Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis (espundia or chiclero)

Trypanosoma gambiense, Trypanosoma rhodesiense African sleeping sickness  Pneumocystis jiroveci (yee row vet zee) formerly Pneumocystis carinii (Really a fungus but since in the past it was classified as a parasite I have included it here as well.) PCP- Pneumocystis pneumonia
Trypanosoma cruzi Chagas' disease
Roundworms (Nematodes)
Parasite Disease Parasite disease
Enterobius vermicularis Pinworm; perianal pruritus, genitourinary infections Trichuris trichiura Whip worm; rectal prolapse, appendicitis, bloody diarrhea
Ascaris lumbricoides Pneumonitis, intestinal blockage and/or perforation Trichinella spiralis Trichinosis; calcified cysts in muscle; high eosinophilia
Toxocara canis, Toxocara cati Visceral larval migrans Wuchereria bancrofti Elephantiasis
Baylisascaris procyonis Visceral larval migrans from raccoons Brugia malaya Elephantiasis
Ancylostoma duodenale Pruritus at skin penetration, diarrhea, pneumonitis, anemia Loa loa Loiasis; eye worm
Necator americanus Pruritus at skin penetration, diarrhea, pneumonitis, anemia Onchocerca volvulus River blindness
Strongyloides stercoralis Ground itch, pneumonitis, anemia Dracunculus medinensis Dracunculiasis; Guinea worm, fiery serpent
Ancylostoma braziliense Cutaneous larval migrans Capillaria philippinensis Diarrhea, abdominal cramps, malaise
 Trematodes (flukes, schistosomes)
Parasite Disease Parasite disease
Fasciolopsis buski Giant intestinal fluke Paragonimus westermani, Paragonimus kellicotti Lung flukes
Fasciola hepatica Sheep liver fluke
  1. Schistosoma mansoni
  2. Schistosoma japonicum
  3. Schistosoma haematobium
  1. Blood fluke; liver
  2. Blood fluke; liver
  3. Blood fluke; bladder
Opisthorchis sinensis Chinese liver fluke
Cestodes (tapeworms)
Parasite Disease Parasite disease
Taenia solium Pork tapeworm Dipylidium caninum Pumpkin seed tapeworm
Taenia saginata Beef tapeworm Echinococcus granulosis, Echinococcus multilocularis Echinococcosis; hydatid cyst disease
Dibothriocephalus latus (Diphyllobothrium latum) Fish tapeworm; vitamin B12 deficiency Hymenolepis nana Dwarf tapeworm
Spirometra sp. Sparganosis    

The sound files on this page were created by Neal R. Chamberlain, Ph.D., and are free to use for educational purposes only.
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Copyright © 2017, Neal R. Chamberlain, Ph.D.
(Last Revised 12/12/19)