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procercoid

[ proh-sur-koid ]
/ proʊˈsɜr kɔɪd /
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noun Zoology.
an elongate larval stage of some tapeworms that usually develops in the body of a freshwater copepod.
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Origin of procercoid

1925–30; pro-2 + Greek kérk(os) tail + -oid
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Medical definitions for procercoid

procercoid
[ prō-sûrkoid ]

n.
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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