cysticercus

noun
cys·​ti·​cer·​cus | \ˌsi-stə-ˈsər-kəs \
plural cysticerci\ˌsi-​stə-​ˈsər-​ˌsī, -​ˌkī \

Definition of cysticercus 

: a tapeworm larva that consists of a fluid-filled sac containing an invaginated scolex and is situated in the tissues of an intermediate host

First Known Use of cysticercus

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cysticercus

New Latin, from cyst- + Greek kerkos tail

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cysticercus

noun
cys·​ti·​cer·​cus | \-ˈsər-kəs \
plural cysticerci\-​ˈsər-​ˌsī, -​ˌkī \

Medical Definition of cysticercus 

: 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

Other Words from cysticercus

cysticercal \-​ˈsər-​kəl \ adjective

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