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cestode

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noun
  1. a parasitic platyhelminth or flatworm of the class Cestoda, which comprises the tapeworms.
adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the Cestoda.

Origin of cestode

From the New Latin word Cestoda, dating back to 1830–40. See cestus1, -ode1
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Examples from the Web for cestode

Historical Examples

  • In Iceland, a cestode causes the death of a third part of the population.

    Animal Parasites and Messmates

    P. J. Van Beneden

  • The variations in the character of cestode proglottides is practically infinite.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • Various tapeworm or cestode infections are contracted by eating meat containing the parasite.

    Food Poisoning

    Edwin Oakes Jordan

  • In Pruners case, which is by no means unique, we have seen that two distinct species of cestode may coexist in the human bearer.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • Every experimenter is more or less familiar with the cestode larv (C. pisiformis) found wandering in the abdominal cavity.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold


British Dictionary definitions for cestode

cestode

noun
  1. any parasitic flatworm of the class Cestoda, which includes the tapeworms

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Cestoidea ribbon-shaped creatures, from Latin cestus belt, girdle; see cestus 1
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cestode in Medicine

cestode

(sĕstōd′)
n.
  1. Any of various parasitic flatworms of the class Cestoidea, including the tapeworms, having a long, flat body equipped with a specialized organ of attachment at one end.
Related formscestode null adj.
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cestode in Science

cestode

[sĕstōd′]
  1. Any of various parasitic flatworms of the class Cestoda, having a long flat body that usually has a specialized organ of attachment at one end (the scolex). Cestodes may consist of a single segment or be divided into numerous identical rectangular segments. Food is absorbed through the outer covering of the body. Cestodes inhabit the liver and digestive tract of many vertebrate animals and also affect some invertebrates. They can attain a length of over 15 m (49 ft). Also called tapeworm
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