tapeworm

[teyp-wurm]
noun
  1. any of various flat or tapelike worms of the class Cestoidea, lacking an alimentary canal, and parasitic when adult in the alimentary canal of humans and other vertebrates: the larval and adult stages are usually in different hosts.

Origin of tapeworm

First recorded in 1745–55; tape + worm
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Examples from the Web for tapeworm

Contemporary Examples of tapeworm

Historical Examples of tapeworm

  • There is one which I have already mentioned, that is the tnia, or tapeworm.

  • These remedies have been used for tapeworm for almost 100 years.

  • The natives take a decoction of kousso once a month as a cure for the tapeworm.

    The Human Race

    Louis Figuier

  • This remedy for tapeworm has been recently introduced into Europe.

    The Human Race

    Louis Figuier

  • When treating patients for tapeworm I have repeatedly expelled the whipworm.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold


British Dictionary definitions for tapeworm

tapeworm

noun
  1. any parasitic ribbon-like flatworm of the class Cestoda, having a body divided into many egg-producing segments and lacking a mouth and gut. The adults inhabit the intestines of vertebratesSee also echinococcus, taenia
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Word Origin and History for tapeworm
n.

1752, from tape (n.) + worm (n.); so called for its flat, ribbon-like shape.

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tapeworm in Medicine

tapeworm

[tāpwûrm′]
n.
  1. Any of various ribbonlike, often very long flatworms of the class Cestoda, that lack an alimentary canal and are intestinal parasites in humans.
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tapeworm in Science

tapeworm

[tāpwûrm′]
  1. See cestode.
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tapeworm in Culture

tapeworm

A worm with a long, flat body that can live in the human intestines as a parasite. Infestation with a tapeworm usually occurs as the result of eating raw meat or fish that contains the immature form of the worm.

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