pro·​glot·​tid (ˌ)prō-ˈglä-təd How to pronounce proglottid (audio)
: a segment of a tapeworm containing both male and female reproductive organs

Examples of proglottid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each proglottid contains all of the necessary machinery to reproduce - testes, ovaries and uterus are neatly compacted into a globular, rosette shape that churns out eggs. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 27 Sep. 2011 From there, tapeworms grow a bunch of little segments called proglottids, which contain eggs, and are often passed out of the body with the host's stool. Maria Masters,, 24 May 2018

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Word History


New Latin proglottis

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of proglottid was in 1864

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“Proglottid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


pro·​glot·​tid (ˈ)prō-ˈglät-əd How to pronounce proglottid (audio)
: one of the segments of a tapeworm formed by a process of strobilation in the neck region of the worm, containing both male and female reproductive organs, and surviving briefly after breaking away from the strobila

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