beef tapeworm

noun

Medical Definition of beef tapeworm

: an unarmed tapeworm of the genus Taenia (T. saginata) that infests the human intestine as an adult, has a cysticercus larva that develops in cattle, and is contracted through ingestion of the larva in raw or rare beef

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“Beef tapeworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/beef%20tapeworm. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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