- a parasitic platyhelminth or flatworm of the class Cestoda, which comprises the tapeworms.
- belonging or pertaining to the Cestoda.
Origin of cestode
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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.
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.
Every experimenter is more or less familiar with the cestode larv (C. pisiformis) found wandering in the abdominal cavity.
- any parasitic flatworm of the class Cestoda, which includes the tapeworms
C19: from New Latin Cestoidea ribbon-shaped creatures, from Latin cestus belt, girdle; see cestus 1
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- 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.
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- 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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