noun plural

Acan·​tho·​ceph·​a·​la ə-ˌkan(t)-thə-ˈsef-ə-lə How to pronounce Acanthocephala (audio)
: a group of elongated parasitic intestinal worms with a hooked proboscis that as adults lack a digestive tract and absorb food through the body wall, and that are usually classified as a separate phylum related to the phylum Platyhelminthes

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“Acanthocephala.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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