echi·no·coc·cus | \i-ˌkī-nə-ˈkä-kəs \
plural echinococci\i-ˌkī-nə-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī, -ˈkäk-(ˌ)(s)ē \

Definition of echinococcus 

: any of a genus (Echinococcus) of tapeworms that alternate a minute adult living as a commensal in the intestine of carnivores with a hydatid larva invading tissues especially of the liver of cattle, sheep, swine, and humans and acting as a dangerous pathogen

First Known Use of echinococcus

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for echinococcus

New Latin, genus name

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echi·no·coc·cus | \-nə-ˈkäk-əs \

Medical Definition of echinococcus 

1 capitalized : a genus of tapeworms of the family Taeniidae (such as Echinococcus granulosus and E. multilocularis) that alternate a minute adult living as a harmless commensal in the intestine of dogs and other carnivores with a hydatid larva invading tissues especially of the liver of mammals (such as cattle, sheep, swine, and humans), and acting as a serious often fatal pathogen

2 plural echinococci\-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī, -ˈkäk-(ˌ)(s)ē \ : any tapeworm of the genus Echinococcus also : hydatid sense 1

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