acanthocephalan


acan·tho·ceph·a·lan

noun \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

acan·tho·ceph·a·lan

noun \-lən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ACANTHOCEPHALAN

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

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