pentastome

noun pen·ta·stome \ˈpentəˌstōm\
variants: or

pentastomid

\pen‧ˈtastəmə̇d\ or

pentastomoid

\-əˌmȯid\

Definition of pentastome

plural

-s

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Origin and Etymology of pentastome

pentastome International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin Pentastomum; pentastomid International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin Pentastomidae, family of tongue worms, from Pentastomum + -idae; pentastomoid from New Latin Pentastomum + English -oid


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