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Raillietina

noun Rail·lie·ti·na \ˌrāl-yə-ˈtī-nə\

Medical Definition of RAILLIETINA

:  a large genus of armed cyclophyllidean tapeworms (family Davaineidae) of which the adults are parasitic in birds, rodents, or rarely humans and the larvae are parasitic in various insects

Biographical Note for RAILLIETINA

Rail·liet \rī-yā\ , Louis–Joseph Alcide (1852–1930), French veterinarian. Railliet was a professor of veterinary science, a naturalist, and a noted helminthologist. He is considered by some a founder of parasitology. He was the author of several works on parasitic diseases in animals. The genus Raillietina was named in his honor in 1920.

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