acanthocephalan

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noun acan·tho·ceph·a·lan \ə-ˌkan(t)-thə-ˈse-fə-lən\

Definition of acanthocephalan

acanthocephalan

adjective

Origin and Etymology of acanthocephalan

New Latin Acanthocephala, taxon that includes the spiny-headed worms (from Greek ákantha “thorn, prickle, spine” + New Latin -o- -o- + -cephala, neuter plural of -cephalus “having a head of a given sort,” borrowed from Greek -kephalos, derivative of kephalḗ “head”) + 1-an — more at acanthus, cephalic


First Known Use: circa 1889


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acanthocephalan

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noun acan·tho·ceph·a·lan \-lən\

Medical Definition of acanthocephalan

  1. :  any of the phylum Acanthocephala of unsegmented parasitic worms—called also spiny-headed worm

acanthocephalan

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