Diphyllobothrium

noun
Di·​phyl·​lo·​both·​ri·​um | \ -ˈbäth-rē-əm How to pronounce Diphyllobothrium (audio) \

Medical Definition of Diphyllobothrium

: a large genus of tapeworms that is the type genus of the family Diphyllobothriidae and that comprises a number of parasites of fish-eating birds and mammals including the fish tapeworm (D. latum) of humans — compare bothriocephalus

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“Diphyllobothrium.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Diphyllobothrium. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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