cysticercus

noun

cys·​ti·​cer·​cus ˌsi-stə-ˈsər-kəs How to pronounce cysticercus (audio)
plural cysticerci ˌsi-stə-ˈsər-ˌsī How to pronounce cysticercus (audio)
-ˌkī
: a tapeworm larva that consists of a fluid-filled sac containing an invaginated scolex and is situated in the tissues of an intermediate host

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from cyst- + Greek kerkos tail

First Known Use

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cysticercus was circa 1871

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Cite this Entry

“Cysticercus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cysticercus. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

cysticercus

noun
cys·​ti·​cer·​cus -ˈsər-kəs How to pronounce cysticercus (audio)
plural cysticerci -ˈsər-ˌsī, -ˌkī How to pronounce cysticercus (audio)
: 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 adjective

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