nematode

noun nem·a·tode \ ˈne-mə-ˌtōd \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of nematode

: any of a phylum (Nematoda or Nemata) of elongated cylindrical worms parasitic in animals or plants or free-living in soil or water called also roundworm

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Origin and Etymology of nematode

ultimately from Greek nēmat-, nēma


Medical Dictionary

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nematode

adjective nem·a·tode \ ˈnem-ə-ˌtōd \

medical Definition of nematode

: of or relating to the phylum Nematoda

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nematode

noun

medical Definition of nematode

: any worm of the phylum Nematoda

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