spar·​ga·​num ˈspär-gə-nəm How to pronounce sparganum (audio)
plural spargana -nə How to pronounce sparganum (audio) also sparganums
: an intramuscular or subcutaneous vermiform parasite of various vertebrates including humans that is the plerocercoid larva of a tapeworm
sometimes used as though a generic name when referring to such a larva
Sparganum mansoni is the larva of Spirometra mansoni

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“Sparganum.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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