draco-, drac- +

(Greek > Latin: dragon; a kind of serpent; snake; a kind of fish; by extension, a festering sore)

Infection with nematodes of the genus Dracunculus.
Pertaining to or caused by nematodes of the genus Dracunculus. Nematodes are known as roundworm, or round worm and eelworm or eel worm.
dracunculiasis, dracunculiasis
1. More commonly known as "Guinea Worm Disease" (GWD), it is an infection caused by the parasite Dracunculus medinensis. The word Dracunculus comes from the Latin "little dragon" or "affliction with little dragons".
2. A painful and debilitating infestation contracted by drinking stagnant water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae that can mature inside a human's abdomen until the worm emerges through a painful blister in the person's skin.

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A family of nematodes often parasitic to humans and domestic animals. It contains one genus of medical interest, Dracunculus.
A superfamily of phasmid nematodes including the genus Dracunculus.
Infection with nematodes of the genus Dracunculus; also, dracunculiasis.
1. A genus of nematodes that includes parasitic species such as Dracunculus medinensis, which migrates within subcutaneous tissues and forms chronic ulcers in the skin.
2. A genus (the type of the family Dracunculidae) of greatly elongated nematode worms including the guinea worm.
3. Plants called tuberous herbaceous perennials; dragon arum.
Dracunculus medinensis
A threadlike worm 30 to 120 cm long that inhabits the subcutaneous and intermuscular tissues of humans and domestic animals in India, Africa, and the Arabian peninsula, causing dracunculiasis.

Its embryos are discharged through an opening in the skin upon contact with water; from the water they enter the body of a small crustacean, Cyclops, where they undergo larval development. Also known as: dragon worm, guinea worm, Medina worm, and serpent worm.

rankle (verb), rankles; rankled; rankling
1. To cause persistent feelings of bitterness, resentment, or anger: The negative comments about her husband's family by the joker rankled Mildred for a long time.
2. To become sore or inflamed; to fester a part of the body: A sore that festers and gets worse and worse rankles as it gets more infected.
3. Etymology: from Old French rancler, from draoncle. "abscess, festering sore" which came from Latin dracunculus, "little snake" from draco, draconis, "serpent, dragon".
To cause irritation or resentment.
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To cause sore feelings.
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rankled (adjective)
A descriptive term for having been aggravated to the point of causing anger: "The rankled woman despised hearing vulgar jokes by her fellow workers."