scolex

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noun sco·lex \ˈskō-ˌleks\

Definition of scolex

plural

scolices

play \-lə-ˌsēz\ also

scoleces

play \ˈskō-lə-ˌsēz, ˈskä-\
  1. :  the head of a tapeworm either in the larva or adult stage

Origin and Etymology of scolex

New Latin scolic-, scolex, from Greek skōlēk-, skōlēx worm; akin to Greek skolios crooked, skelos leg — more at isosceles


First Known Use: 1855


Medical Dictionary

scolex

play
noun sco·lex \ˈskō-ˌleks\

Medical Definition of scolex

plural

scolices

\ˈskō-lə-ˌsēz\play also

scoleces

\ˈskäl-ə-ˌsēz, ˈskōl-\play or

scolexes

  1. :  the head of a tapeworm either in the larva or adult stage from which the proglottids are produced by budding

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