noun xi·phid·io·cercaria \zə̇¦fidē(ˌ)ō+\

Definition of xiphidiocercaria

  1. :  a cercaria having a stylet in the oral sucker with which it actively penetrates the definitive host

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Origin and Etymology of xiphidiocercaria

New Latin, from Greek xiphidion (diminutive of xiphos sword) + New Latin cercaria

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