Origin and Etymology of cysticercus
New Latin, from cyst- + Greek kerkos tail
First Known Use: circa 1871
Medical Definition of cysticercus
: a tapeworm larva that consists of a fluid-filled sac containing an invaginated scolex, is situated in the tissues of an intermediate host, and is capable of developing into an adult tapeworm when eaten by a suitable definitive host—called also bladder worm, measle
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