[ proh-glot-is ]
/ proʊˈglɒt ɪs /

noun, plural pro·glot·ti·des [proh-glot-i-deez] /proʊˈglɒt ɪˌdiz/. Zoology.

one of the segments or joints of a tapeworm, containing complete reproductive systems, usually both male and female.

Nearby words

  1. progesterone,
  2. progestin,
  3. progestogen,
  4. proglossis,
  5. proglottid,
  6. prognathic,
  7. prognathous,
  8. prognose,
  9. prognosis,
  10. prognostic

Also pro·glot·tid [proh-glot-id] /proʊˈglɒt ɪd/.

Origin of proglottis

1850–55; < New Latin, for Greek proglōssís point of the tongue. See pro-2, glottis

Related formspro·glot·tic, pro·glot·tid·e·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for proglottid

  • In the Hunterian collection there is a proglottid showing twenty-two sexual orifices.

    Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for proglottid



/ (prəʊˈɡlɒtɪs) /

noun plural -glottides (-ˈɡlɒtɪˌdiːz)

any of the segments that make up the body of a tapeworm. Each contains reproductive organs and separates from the worm when filled with fertilized eggs
Derived Formsproglottic or proglottidean, adjective

Word Origin for proglottis

C19: from Greek proglōssis, proglōttis point of the tongue, from pro- ² + glōssa, glōtta (so called because of its shape)

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Medicine definitions for proglottid


[ prō-glŏtĭd ]

n. pl. pro•glot•tids

One of the segments of a tapeworm, containing both male and female reproductive organs.proglottis

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