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.

Nearby words

  1. spiny dormouse,
  2. spiny lizard,
  3. spiny lobster,
  4. spiny rat,
  5. spiny-finned,
  6. spiny-rayed,
  7. spiny-rayed fish,
  8. spir-,
  9. spiracle,
  10. spiracular

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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