Dicyemida

plural noun

Di·​cy·​e·​mi·​da
: an order or other division of Mesozoa comprising minute ciliated vermiform internal parasites of cephalopod mollusks and occurring in a nematogen phase in the young host and in a rhombogen phase in the sexually mature host compare orthonectida

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Dicyema, genus of Mesozoa (from di- + Greek kyēma embryo; from the 2 types of larvae produced at different stages) + -ida

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“Dicyemida.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dicyemida. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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