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tapeworm

[ teyp-wurm ]
/ ˈteɪpˌwɜrm /
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noun
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.
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Origin of tapeworm

First recorded in 1745–55; tape + worm
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British Dictionary definitions for tapeworm

tapeworm
/ (ˈteɪpˌwɜːm) /

noun
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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Scientific definitions for tapeworm

tapeworm
[ tāpwûrm′ ]

See cestode.
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Cultural definitions for tapeworm

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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