- any of various flat or tapelike worms of the class Cestoidea, lacking an alimentary canal, and parasitic when adult in the alimentary canal of humans and other vertebrates: the larval and adult stages are usually in different hosts.
Origin of tapeworm
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There is one which I have already mentioned, that is the tnia, or tapeworm.Sport in Abyssinia
These remedies have been used for tapeworm for almost 100 years.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
This remedy for tapeworm has been recently introduced into Europe.
The natives take a decoction of kousso once a month as a cure for the tapeworm.
When treating patients for tapeworm I have repeatedly expelled the whipworm.Parasites
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Word Origin and History for tapeworm
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- Any of various ribbonlike, often very long flatworms of the class Cestoda, that lack an alimentary canal and are intestinal parasites in humans.
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- See cestode.
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