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[sis-tuh-sur-kuh s] /ˌsɪs təˈsɜr kəs/
noun, plural cysticerci
[sis-tuh-sur-sahy] /ˌsɪs təˈsɜr saɪ/ (Show IPA)
the larva of certain tapeworms, having the head retracted into a bladderlike structure; a bladder worm.
Origin of cysticercus
1835-45; < New Latin < Greek kýsti(s) bladder, cyst + kérkos tail Unabridged
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  • My dogs had taken nothing but milk, and cysticerci pisiformes.

    Animal Parasites and Messmates P. J. Van Beneden
  • Were there cysticerci of different kinds in the peritoneum of the rabbit?

    Animal Parasites and Messmates P. J. Van Beneden
  • I also detected four cysticerci in the lungs, two of which had degenerated.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • The bear, however, is very liable to be infested by genuine cysticerci.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • In one pound weight of the psoas muscles Fleming counted no less than 300 cysticerci.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • cysticerci occasionally occupy the brain of the pig in considerable numbers.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • The following figure represents a piece of528 measly pork infested with cysticerci.

  • In the flesh of my experimental animal I estimated that there were not less than 12,000 of these degenerated cysticerci.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • After death, four hydatids (cysticerci) were found in the tuber ancillare at the summit of the spinal marrow.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • As I had no opportunity of examining the carcase, I cannot feel quite sure that there actually were no cysticerci present.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
British Dictionary definitions for cysticerci


noun (pl) -ci (-saɪ)
an encysted larval form of many tapeworms, consisting of a head (scolex) inverted in a fluid-filled bladder See also hydatid (sense 1), coenurus
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek kustis pouch, bladder + kerkos tail
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cysticerci in Medicine

cysticercus cys·ti·cer·cus (sĭs'tĭ-sûr'kəs)
n. pl. cys·ti·cer·ci (-sī')
The larval stage of many tapeworms, consisting of a single invaginated scolex enclosed in a fluid-filled cyst.

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