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flatworm

[flat-wurm]
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noun
  1. any worm of the phylum Platyhelminthes, having bilateral symmetry and a soft, solid, usually flattened body, including the planarians, tapeworms, and trematodes; platyhelminth.
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Origin of flatworm

First recorded in 1895–1900; flat1 + worm
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Examples from the Web for flatworm

Historical Examples

  • If a flatworm be cut in two, the front piece grows out a new tail, the hind piece a new head, and two perfect worms result.

    Biology

    Edmund Beecher Wilson

  • The parasite that's doing the damage is a flatworm, a trematode called Hepatodirus hominis.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • Such is seen in the life history of the liver fluke, a flatworm which kills sheep, and in the tapeworm.

    A Civic Biology

    George William Hunter


British Dictionary definitions for flatworm

flatworm

noun
  1. any parasitic or free-living invertebrate of the phylum Platyhelminthes, including planarians, flukes, and tapeworms, having a flattened body with no circulatory system and only one opening to the intestine
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flatworm in Medicine

flatworm

(flătwûrm′)
n.
  1. Any of various worms of the phylum Platyhelminthes, including the parasitic tapeworms and flukes, characteristically having a soft, flat, bilaterally symmetrical body and no body cavity.platyhelminth
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flatworm in Science

flatworm

[flătwûrm′]
  1. Any of various parasitic and nonparasitic worms of the phylum Platyhelminthes, characteristically having a soft, flat, bilaterally symmetrical body. Flatworms lack a coelom (body cavity), respiratory system, and circulatory system, but are the most primitive invertebrates to have a brain. The evolutionary history of flatworms is uncertain, but they share some basic characteristics with rotifers, nematodes, and a few other invertebrate phyla. Cestodes (tapeworms), planarians, and trematodes (flukes) are flatworms.
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