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cestoidea in Medicine


  1. A class of flatworms characterized by lack of an alimentary canal and, in typical forms, by a segmented body with a scolex at one end; adult worms are vertebrate parasites, usually found in the small intestine.
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  • The class of tape-worms (Cestoidea) is one most numerous in its kinds, which are all completely parasitic in habit.

    The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, September 1879