- the anterior, headlike segment of a tapeworm, having suckers, hooks, or the like, for attachment.
Origin of scolex
First recorded in 1850–55, scolex is from the Greek word skṓlēx worm
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Examples from the Web for 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.
- the headlike part of a tapeworm, bearing hooks and suckers by which the animal is attached to the tissues of its host
C19: from New Latin, from Greek skōlēx worm
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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).
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- 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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