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echinococcus

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noun echi·no·coc·cus \-nə-ˈkäk-əs\

Medical Definition of echinococcus

  1. 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

  2. 2plural echinococci \-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī, -ˈkäk-(ˌ)(s)ē\play play :  any tapeworm of the genus Echinococcus; also :  hydatid 1



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