scolex

[ skoh-leks ]

noun,plural sco·le·ces [skoh-lee-seez], /skoʊˈli siz/, scol·i·ces [skol-uh-seez, skoh-luh-]. /ˈskɒl əˌsiz, ˈskoʊ lə-/. Zoology.
  1. the anterior, headlike segment of a tapeworm, having suckers, hooks, or the like, for attachment.

Origin of scolex

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First recorded in 1850–55, scolex is from the Greek word skṓlēx worm

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scolex

/ (ˈskəʊlɛks) /


nounplural scoleces (skəʊˈliːsiːz) or scolices (ˈskɒlɪˌsiːz, ˈskəʊ-)
  1. the headlike part of a tapeworm, bearing hooks and suckers by which the animal is attached to the tissues of its host

Origin of scolex

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C19: from New Latin, from Greek skōlēx worm

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