pro·​glot·​tid | \ (ˌ)prō-ˈglä-təd How to pronounce proglottid (audio) \

Definition of proglottid

: a segment of a tapeworm containing both male and female reproductive organs

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Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Every Question You Were Afraid to Ask About Tapeworms, Answered," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of proglottid

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for proglottid

New Latin proglottis

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The first known use of proglottid was in 1864

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“Proglottid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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pro·​glot·​tid | \ (ˈ)prō-ˈglät-əd How to pronounce proglottid (audio) \

Medical Definition of proglottid

: 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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