[ pen-tuh-stoh-mid, pen-tas-tuh-mid or pen-tuh-stohm ]
/ ˌpɛn təˈstoʊ mɪd, pɛnˈtæs tə mɪd or ˈpɛn təˌstoʊm /
Definition for pentastome (2 of 2)
any wormlike invertebrate of the phylum Pentastomida (or subphylum of Arthropoda), having two pairs of hooks at the sides of the mouth: all are parasitic, some in the respiratory tracts of mammals.
Origin of tongue worm
First recorded in 1635–45
Also called pentastome, pentastomid.
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British Dictionary definitions for pentastome
vet science a parasitic worm, Linguatula serrata, found in the nose of dogs, so called because of the shape of the worm
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Science definitions for pentastome (1 of 2)
[ pĕn′tə-stōm′ ]
See tongue worm.
Science definitions for pentastome (2 of 2)
Any of various small, colorless, tongue-shaped, wormlike invertebrates of the group Pentastoma, which is considered by many zoologists to be a phylum intermediate in evolutionary development between the annelids and arthropods. Tongue worms are parasites that live embedded in the respiratory systems of vertebrates, especially reptiles and also humans, in tropical regions. They have simple nervous and digestive systems but lack circulatory and respiratory systems. Also called pentastome
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