- the larva of certain tapeworms, having the head retracted into a bladderlike structure; a bladder worm.
Origin of cysticercus
1835–45; < New Latin < Greek kýsti(s) bladder, cyst + kérkos tail
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Examples from the Web for cysticerci
My dogs had taken nothing but milk, and cysticerci pisiformes.
Were there cysticerci of different kinds in the peritoneum of the rabbit?
I also detected four Cysticerci in the lungs, two of which had degenerated.
The bear, however, is very liable to be infested by genuine Cysticerci.
In one pound weight of the psoas muscles Fleming counted no less than 300 Cysticerci.
C19: from New Latin, from Greek kustis pouch, bladder + kerkos tail
- The larval stage of many tapeworms, consisting of a single invaginated scolex enclosed in a fluid-filled cyst.
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