echinococcus

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noun echi·no·coc·cus \ i-ˌkī-nə-ˈkä-kəs \

Definition of echinococcus

plural echinococci play \i-ˌkī-nə-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī, -ˈkäk-(ˌ)(s)ē\
: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

Origin and Etymology of echinococcus

New Latin, genus name


Medical Dictionary

echinococcus

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noun 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 play \-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī, -ˈkäk-(ˌ)(s)ē\ :any tapeworm of the genus Echinococcus; also :hydatid 1

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