scolex

[ skoh-leks ]
/ ˈskoʊ lɛks /

noun, plural sco·le·ces [skoh-lee-seez], /skoʊˈli siz/, scol·i·ces [skol-uh-seez, skoh-luh-]. /ˈskɒl əˌsiz, ˈskoʊ lə-/. Zoology.

the anterior, headlike segment of a tapeworm, having suckers, hooks, or the like, for attachment.

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Origin of scolex

First recorded in 1850–55, scolex is from the Greek word skṓlēx worm
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British Dictionary definitions for scolex

scolex
/ (ˈskəʊlɛks) /

noun plural scoleces (skəʊˈliːsiːz) or scolices (ˈskɒlɪˌsiːz, ˈskəʊ-)

the headlike part of a tapeworm, bearing hooks and suckers by which the animal is attached to the tissues of its host

Word Origin for scolex

C19: from New Latin, from Greek skōlēx worm
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Medical definitions for scolex

scolex
[ skōlĕks′ ]

n. pl. sco•lex•es

The knoblike anterior end of a tapeworm, having suckers or hooklike parts that in the adult stage serve as organs of attachment to the host.
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