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
The scolex is about the size of a pin-head, and is surrounded by four sucking discs, but has no hooklets (Fig. 96).A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
This vesicle, of a milky-white colour, and filled with liquid, is the scolex.Animal Parasites and Messmates|P. J. Van Beneden
It is well known that the larval or scolex stage (Cysticercus tenuicollis) of the margined tapeworm resides in the sheep and dog.Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
In this form the scolex is contained in a sac of connective tissue induced by the presence of the parasite.
The scolex is distinguishable from that of the other human tape-worms in possessing a triple circle of hooks.
British Dictionary definitions for scolex
noun plural scoleces (skəʊˈliːsiːz) or scolices (ˈskɒlɪˌsiːz, ˈskəʊ-)
Word Origin for scolex
Word Origin and History 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).