acanthocephalan

noun
acan·​tho·​ceph·​a·​lan | \ ə-ˌkan(t)-thə-ˈse-fə-lən How to pronounce acanthocephalan (audio) \

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acanthocephalan adjective

First Known Use of acanthocephalan

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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") + -an entry 1 — more at acanthus, cephalic

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“Acanthocephalan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acanthocephalan. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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acanthocephalan

noun
acan·​tho·​ceph·​a·​lan | \ -lən How to pronounce acanthocephalan (audio) \

Medical Definition of acanthocephalan

: any of the phylum Acanthocephala of unsegmented parasitic worms

called also spiny-headed worm

Other Words from acanthocephalan

acanthocephalan adjective

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