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[teyp-wurm] /ˈteɪpˌwɜrm/
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
First recorded in 1745-55; tape + worm Unabridged
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any parasitic ribbon-like flatworm of the class Cestoda, having a body divided into many egg-producing segments and lacking a mouth and gut. The adults inhabit the intestines of vertebrates See also echinococcus, taenia
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Word Origin and History for tapeworm

1752, from tape (n.) + worm (n.); so called for its flat, ribbon-like shape.

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tapeworm in Medicine

tapeworm tape·worm (tāp'wûrm')
Any of various ribbonlike, often very long flatworms of the class Cestoda, that lack an alimentary canal and are intestinal parasitic in humans.

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tapeworm in Science
See cestode.
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tapeworm in Culture

tapeworm definition

A worm with a long, flat body that can live in the human intestines as a parasite. Infestation with a tapeworm usually occurs as the result of eating raw meat or fish that contains the immature form of the worm.

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