acanthella

noun ac·an·thel·la \-ˈthelə\

Definition of acanthella

plural

acanthellas

\-ləz\ also

acanthellae

\-(ˌ)lē\
  1. 1 :  a transitional larva of the acanthocephalan intermediate between the acanthor and the juvenile infective form —called also preacanthella

  2. 2 :  the juvenile infective form of an acanthocephalan

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Origin and Etymology of acanthella

New Latin, from acanth- (from Acanthocephala) + -ella


First Known Use: 1935


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