cysticercus

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noun cys·ti·cer·cus \-ˈsər-kəs\

Definition of cysticercus

plural

cysticerci

play \-ˈsər-ˌsī, -ˌkī\
  1. :  a tapeworm larva that consists of a fluid-filled sac containing an invaginated scolex and is situated in the tissues of an intermediate host

Origin and Etymology of cysticercus

New Latin, from cyst- + Greek kerkos tail


First Known Use: circa 1871


Medical Dictionary

cysticercus

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noun cys·ti·cer·cus \-ˈsər-kəs\

Medical Definition of cysticercus

plural

cysticerci

\-ˈsər-ˌsī, -ˌkī\play
  1. :  a tapeworm larva that consists of a fluid-filled sac containing an invaginated scolex, is situated in the tissues of an intermediate host, and is capable of developing into an adult tapeworm when eaten by a suitable definitive host—called also bladder worm, measle

cysticercal

\-ˈsər-kəl\play adjective

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