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acanthocephalan

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noun acan·tho·ceph·a·lan \ə-ˌkan(t)-thə-ˈse-fə-lən\

Definition of acanthocephalan

acanthocephalan adjective


Origin of acanthocephalan

ultimately from Greek akantha thorn, spine + kephalē head — more at cephalic


First Known Use: circa 1889


Medical Dictionary

acanthocephalan

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noun acan·tho·ceph·a·lan \-lən\

Medical Definition of acanthocephalan

  1. :  any of the phylum Acanthocephala of unsegmented parasitic worms—called also spiny-headed worm

  2. acanthocephalan adjective




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