- any of a number of tapeworms of the genus Echinococcus whose larvae are parasitic in humans and domestic animals.
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There exists a singular cestode which bears the name of Echinococcus.
In Fig. 57 is shown a tnia which proceeds from an echinococcus.
This form of the parasite is designated Echinococcus multilocularis.
Echinococcus granulosus is not uncommon in wolves (Mech 1970).An Experimental Translocation of the Eastern Timber Wolf
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In some cases the echinococcus cysts develop no scolices, in which condition they constitute acephalocysts.
- any of the tapeworms constituting the genus Echinococcus, the larvae of which are parasitic in man and domestic animals
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- A tapeworm of the genus Echinococcus.
- A genus of parasitic tapeworms, the larvae of which, under certain conditions, infect humans, forming large hydatid cysts in the liver or lungs and causing serious or fatal disease.
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