scolex

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

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

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“Scolex.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scolex. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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scolex

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