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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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  • 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
  • My dogs had taken nothing but milk, and cysticerci pisiformes.

    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
  • cysticerci occasionally occupy the brain of the pig in considerable numbers.

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

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • The museum attached to Guys Hospital contains the heart of a bear which is largely infested by cysticerci.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • At the post-mortem examination, cysticerci were found to occupy the sella turcica, near the commissure of the optic nerves.

    Animal Parasites and Messmates P. J. Van Beneden
  • These worms began to be understood when these cysticerci ceased to be regarded as sick creatures.

    Animal Parasites and Messmates P. J. Van Beneden
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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