- 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
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There is one which I have already mentioned, that is the tnia, or tapeworm.Sport in Abyssinia
These remedies have been used for tapeworm for almost 100 years.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The natives take a decoction of kousso once a month as a cure for the tapeworm.
This remedy for tapeworm has been recently introduced into Europe.
When treating patients for tapeworm I have repeatedly expelled the whipworm.Parasites
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Word Origin and History for tapeworm
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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- See cestode.
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