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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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  • The larval stage is passed in the muscles of various animals, especially cattle, where it lies encysted (cysticercus stage).

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
  • This is derived from cysticercus fasciolaris of the mouse and rat.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • The so-called gid-hydatids (Cnuri) and slender-necked hydatids (cysticercus tenuicollis) are of this description.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • They consist of a sac of connective tissue containing the larval tape-worm or cysticercus.

  • Describe the cutaneous disturbance produced by the cysticercus cellulosæ.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • cysticercus acanthotetra, Parona.Cysticercoides rostratus, Mingazzini.

    The Snakes of Europe G. A. Boulenger
  • It has been suggested that cysticercus can be detected before the animal is killed by an examination of the tongue.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • Hydatid and cysticercus cysts have also been met with in the tongue.

  • As obtains in cysticercus fasciolaris of the mouse the scolex of Tetr.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • The serrated species (T. serrata) is derived from cysticercus pisiformis infesting hares and rabbits.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
British Dictionary definitions for cysticercus


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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cysticercus 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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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