noun, plural sco·le·ces [skoh-lee-seez] /skoʊˈli siz/, scol·i·ces [skol-uh-seez, skoh-luh-] /ˈskɒl əˌsiz, ˈskoʊ lə-/. Zoology.
Origin of scolex
Examples from the Web for scolex
Historical Examples of scolex
This vesicle, of a milky-white colour, and filled with liquid, is the scolex.Animal Parasites and Messmates
P. J. Van Beneden
As obtains in Cysticercus fasciolaris of the mouse the scolex of Tetr.Parasites
T. Spencer Cobbold
The scolex has long been known, and was regarded as a distinct parasite, with the name of Cysticercus cellulos.
The embryo loses its spicules and is transformed into the larval form or scolex.
In this form the scolex is contained in a sac of connective tissue induced by the presence of the parasite.
noun plural scoleces (skəʊˈliːsiːz) or scolices (ˈskɒlɪˌsiːz, ˈskəʊ-)
Word Origin for scolex
"embryo stage of a tapeworm," 1852, from Modern Latin scolex (plural scoleces), from Greek skolex "worm," related to skolyptesthai "to twist and turn," from PIE *skel- (3) "crooked" (see scoliosis).