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flatworm

[ flat-wurm ]
/ ˈflætˌwɜrm /
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noun
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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British Dictionary definitions for flatworm

flatworm
/ (ˈflætˌwɜːm) /

noun
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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Medical definitions for flatworm

flatworm
[ flătwûrm′ ]

n.
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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Scientific definitions for flatworm

flatworm
[ flătwûrm′ ]

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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