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proglottis

[proh-glot-is]
noun, plural pro·glot·ti·des [proh-glot-i-deez] /proʊˈglɒt ɪˌdiz/. Zoology.
  1. one of the segments or joints of a tapeworm, containing complete reproductive systems, usually both male and female.
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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
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Historical Examples

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

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    T. Spencer Cobbold


British Dictionary definitions for proglottid

proglottis

proglottid

noun plural -glottides (-ˈɡlɒtɪˌdiːz)
  1. 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
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Derived Formsproglottic or proglottidean, adjective

Word Origin

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

proglottid

(prō-glŏtĭd)
n. pl. pro•glot•tids
  1. One of the segments of a tapeworm, containing both male and female reproductive organs.proglottis
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