noun plural

Gna·​thob·​del·​li·​da ˌnā-ˌthäb-ˈdel-ə-də How to pronounce Gnathobdellida (audio)
: an order or other taxon of leeches comprising those lacking a proboscis and having 2-toothed or 3-toothed chitinous jaws (as the medicinal leech and the land leeches)
gnathobdellid adjective

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“Gnathobdellida.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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