spiny-headed worm

[ spahy-nee-hed-id ]
/ ˈspaɪ niˌhɛd ɪd /

noun

any of a small group of endoparasites of the phylum Acanthocephala, as larvae parasitic in insects and crustaceans and as adults in various vertebrates.

Origin of spiny-headed worm

First recorded in 1945–50
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Medicine definitions for spiny-headed worm

spiny-headed worm

[ spīnē-hĕd′ĭd ]

n.

Acanthocephala
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Science definitions for spiny-headed worm

spiny-headed worm

[ spīnē-hĕd′ĭd ]

See acanthocephalan.
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