[ proh-sur-koid ]
/ proʊˈsɜr kɔɪd /

noun Zoology.

an elongate larval stage of some tapeworms that usually develops in the body of a freshwater copepod.

Nearby words

  1. proceleusmatic,
  2. procellas,
  3. procellous,
  4. procentriole,
  5. procephalic,
  6. procerity,
  7. procerus muscle,
  8. process,
  9. process camera,
  10. process cinematography

Compare plerocercoid.

Origin of procercoid

1925–30; pro-2 + Greek kérk(os) tail + -oid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for procercoid


[ prō-sûrkoid ]


The first stage in the aquatic life cycle of certain tapeworms following ingestion of the newly hatched larva by a copepod.

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