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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.
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Origin of scolex

First recorded in 1850–55, scolex is from the Greek word skṓlēx worm
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noun plural 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
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Word Origin

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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scolex in Medicine


n. pl. sco•lex•es
  1. 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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