- 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 cysticercus
This is derived from Cysticercus fasciolaris of the mouse and rat.
As obtains in Cysticercus fasciolaris of the mouse the scolex of Tetr.
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.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
C19: from New Latin, from Greek kustis pouch, bladder + kerkos tail
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- The larval stage of many tapeworms, consisting of a single invaginated scolex enclosed in a fluid-filled cyst.
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