noun plural

Ces·​to·​da ses-ˈtōd-ə How to pronounce Cestoda (audio)
: a class of the phylum Platyhelminthes comprising the tapeworms and including dorsoventrally flattened parasitic usually segmented flatworms without cilia that lack a digestive tract and typically consist of a differentiated scolex and a chain of proglottides each including a set of reproductive organs

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“Cestoda.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Cestoda. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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