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[proh-glot-is] /proʊˈglɒt ɪs/
noun, plural proglottides
[proh-glot-i-deez] /proʊˈglɒt ɪˌdiz/ (Show IPA).
one of the segments or joints of a tapeworm, containing complete reproductive systems, usually both male and female.
Also, proglottid
[proh-glot-id] /proʊˈglɒt ɪd/ (Show IPA)
Origin of proglottis
1850-55; < New Latin, for Greek proglōssís point of the tongue. See pro-2, glottis
Related forms
proglottic, proglottidean, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for proglottis


noun (pl) -glottides (-ˈɡlɒtɪˌdiːz)
any of the segments that make up the body of a tapeworm. Each contains reproductive organs and separates from the worm when filled with fertilized eggs
Derived Forms
proglottic, proglottidean, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek proglōssis, proglōttis point of the tongue, from pro-² + glōssa, glōtta (so called because of its shape)
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