cestode

[ ses-tohd ]
/ ˈsɛs toʊd /
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noun

a parasitic platyhelminth or flatworm of the class Cestoda, which comprises the tapeworms.

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the Cestoda.

Origin of cestode

From the New Latin word Cestoda, dating back to 1830–40. See cestus1, -ode1
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British Dictionary definitions for cestode

cestode

/ (ˈsɛstəʊd) /

noun

any parasitic flatworm of the class Cestoda, which includes the tapeworms

Word Origin for cestode

C19: from New Latin Cestoidea ribbon-shaped creatures, from Latin cestus belt, girdle; see cestus 1
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Medicine definitions for cestode

cestode

[ sĕstōd′ ]

n.

Any of various parasitic flatworms of the class Cestoidea, including the tapeworms, having a long, flat body equipped with a specialized organ of attachment at one end.

Related forms

cestode null adj.
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Science definitions for cestode

cestode

[ sĕstōd′ ]

Any of various parasitic flatworms of the class Cestoda, having a long flat body that usually has a specialized organ of attachment at one end (the scolex). Cestodes may consist of a single segment or be divided into numerous identical rectangular segments. Food is absorbed through the outer covering of the body. Cestodes inhabit the liver and digestive tract of many vertebrate animals and also affect some invertebrates. They can attain a length of over 15 m (49 ft). Also called tapeworm

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