Digenea

[dī-jēnē-ə, dī′jə-nēə]

n.

A subclass of parasitic flatworms characterized by a complex life cycle involving developmental stages in a mollusk intermediate host and an adult stage in a vertebrate and including all of the common flukes of humans and other mammals.

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