acanthocephalan[ə kan′t̸hō sef′ə lən, -t̸hə-]
acanthocephalan definition by Webster's New World
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any of a phylum (Acanthocephala) of intestinal worms, lacking a digestive tract and having a proboscis bearing rows of thornlike hooks
Origin: ; from Modern Latin ; from acantho- plush cephal- plush -an
acanthocephalan definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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See spiny-headed worm.
Origin: From New Latin Acanthocephala, phylum name : acantho- + Greek kephalē, head; see -cephalous.
- a·canˌtho·cephˈa·lan adjective
acanthocephalan - Science Definition
Any of various, mostly small worms of the phylum Acanthocephala that live parasitically in arthropods as juveniles and in the intestines of vertebrates (especially fish) as adults. Acanthocephalans have a cylindrical, retractile proboscis that has rows of hooked spines and is used for attachment to a host. Also called spiny-headed worm.