any of a genus (Echinococcus) of tapeworms that cause disease in mammals
Origin of echinococcusModern Latin from echino- + -coccus
Any of several parasitic tapeworms of the genus Echinococcus, the larvae of which infect mammals and form large, spherical cysts in the liver or lungs, causing serious or fatal disease.
Origin of echinococcusNew Latin Echīnococcus genus name echino- -coccus
From Ancient Greek ἐχῖνος (ekhinos, “hedgehog”) + coccus