tae·​ni·​a·​sis tē-ˈnī-ə-səs How to pronounce taeniasis (audio)
variants or less commonly teniasis
plural taeniases tē-ˈnī-ə-ˌsēz How to pronounce taeniasis (audio) also teniases
: infestation with or disease caused by tapeworms

Examples of taeniasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those who eat poorly cooked or raw pork develop an infection known as taeniasis, harboring an adult tapeworm in their small intestine which churns out infective eggs in the feces that may go on to transmit the disease further. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 1 July 2015

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'taeniasis.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


New Latin, from Latin taenia tapeworm

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of taeniasis was circa 1890

Dictionary Entries Near taeniasis

Cite this Entry

“Taeniasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taeniasis. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants also teniasis
plural taeniases
: infestation with or disease caused by tapeworms
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!