Definition of echinococcus
plural echinococciplay \-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī, -ˈkäk-(ˌ)(s)ē\
: any of a genus (Echinococcus) of tapeworms that alternate a minute adult living as a commensal in the intestine of carnivores with a hydatid larva invading tissues especially of the liver of cattle, sheep, swine, and humans and acting as a dangerous pathogen
Origin of echinococcus
New Latin, genus name
First Known Use: 1839
Medical Definition of echinococcus
1 capitalized : a genus of tapeworms of the family Taeniidae (such as Echinococcus granulosus and E. multilocularis) that alternate a minute adult living as a harmless commensal in the intestine of dogs and other carnivores with a hydatid larva invading tissues especially of the liver of mammals (such as cattle, sheep, swine, and humans), and acting as a serious often fatal pathogen
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