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cysticercus

[sis-tuh-sur-kuh s]
noun, plural cys·ti·cer·ci [sis-tuh-sur-sahy] /ˌsɪs təˈsɜr saɪ/.
  1. the larva of certain tapeworms, having the head retracted into a bladderlike structure; a bladder worm.
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Origin of cysticercus

1835–45; < New Latin < Greek kýsti(s) bladder, cyst + kérkos tail
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Examples from the Web for cysticercus

Historical Examples

  • This is derived from Cysticercus fasciolaris of the mouse and rat.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • As obtains in Cysticercus fasciolaris of the mouse the scolex of Tetr.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • The scolex has long been known, and was regarded as a distinct parasite, with the name of Cysticercus cellulos.

  • They consist of a sac of connective tissue containing the larval tape-worm or cysticercus.

  • Another variety of Cysticercus is met with in the flesh of the ox, the cow, and the calf.


British Dictionary definitions for cysticercus

cysticercus

noun plural -ci (-saɪ)
  1. an encysted larval form of many tapeworms, consisting of a head (scolex) inverted in a fluid-filled bladderSee also hydatid (def. 1), coenurus
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek kustis pouch, bladder + kerkos tail
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cysticercus in Medicine

cysticercus

(sĭs′tĭ-sûrkəs)
n. pl. cys•ti•cer•ci (-sī′)
  1. The larval stage of many tapeworms, consisting of a single invaginated scolex enclosed in a fluid-filled cyst.
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