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noun tae·nia \ˈtē-nē-ə\

Medical Definition of TAENIA

a also te·nia \ˈtē-nē-ə\ plural taenias also tenias :  tapeworm b capitalized :  a genus of cyclophyllidean tapeworms that is the type of the family Taeniidae, that comprises forms usually occurring as adults in the intestines of carnivores and as larvae in various ruminants, and that includes the beef tapeworm (T. saginata) and the pork tapeworm (T. solium) of humans
or tenia plural tae·ni·ae \-nē-ˌē, -ˌī\ or taenias or te·ni·ae or tenias :  a band of nervous tissue or of muscle


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