scolex

noun
sco·​lex | \ ˈskō-ˌleks How to pronounce scolex (audio) \
plural scolices\ ˈskō-​lə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce scolex (audio) \ also scoleces\ ˈskō-​lə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce scolex (audio) , ˈskä-​ \

Definition of scolex

: the head of a tapeworm either in the larva or adult stage

First Known Use of scolex

1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scolex

borrowed from New Latin, originally the name of a tapeworm genus, borrowed from Greek skōlēk-, skṓlēx "worm," (in plural) "larvae, grubs," of uncertain origin

Note: P. Chantraine (Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque) follows others in associating Greek skṓlēx with a presumed word skṓlos used by the glossator Hesychius in the dative plural: skṓloisi ‧ drepánois, dià tḕn skoliótēta ("skṓloisi : scythes, from its curved form"), but the semantic link is tenuous and the presumed lengthened-grade vowel is difficult to account for. The word skṓloisi would then be further connected with skōlýptesthai "to wave to and fro" (attested once), skoliós "bent, crooked," and skélos "leg" (see isosceles).

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“Scolex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scolex. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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scolex

noun
sco·​lex | \ ˈskō-ˌleks How to pronounce scolex (audio) \
plural scolices\ ˈskō-​lə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce scolex (audio) \ also scoleces\ ˈskäl-​ə-​ˌsēz, ˈskōl-​ How to pronounce scolex (audio) \ or scolexes

Medical Definition of scolex

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

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