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scolex

play
noun, sco·lex \ˈskō-ˌleks\

Definition of scolex

plural scolices play \-lə-ˌsēz\ also scoleces play \ˈskō-lə-ˌsēz, ˈskä-\

  1. :  the head of a tapeworm either in the larva or adult stage



Origin of scolex

New Latin scolic-, scolex, from Greek skōlēk-, skōlēx worm; akin to Greek skolios crooked, skelos leg — more at isosceles


First Known Use: 1855


Medical Dictionary

scolex

play
noun sco·lex \ˈskō-ˌleks\

Medical Definition of scolex

plural scolices \ˈskō-lə-ˌsēz\play also scoleces \ˈskäl-ə-ˌsēz, ˈskōl-\play or scolexes

  1. :  the head of a tapeworm either in the larva or adult stage from which the proglottids are produced by budding



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Learn More about scolex

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "scolex" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "scolex"


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