any of a phylum (Nemata) of worms, often parasites of animals and plants, with long, cylindrical, unsegmented bodies and a heavy cuticle, as the hookworm or pinworm; roundworm
Origin of nematode; from Modern Latin Nematoda: see nemato- and amp; -ode
Any of numerous worms of the phylum Nematoda, having unsegmented cylindrical bodies often narrowing at each end, and including free-living species that are abundant in soil and water, and species that are parasites of plants and animals, such as eelworms, pinworms, and hookworms. Also called roundworm.
Origin of nematodeFrom New Latin N&emacron;mat&omacron;da, phylum name : nemato– + New Latin -&omacron;da (alteration of -o&imacron;dea, from neuter pl. of Greek -oeid&emacron;s, -oid).
- A small invertebrate animal of the phylum Nematoda.