Acanthocephalan meaning

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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.
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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.
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(zoology) Any of parasitic intestinal worms comprising the phylum Acanthocephala. [First attested late 19th c.]
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(zoology) In a manner similar to Acanthocephala. [First attested late 19th c.]
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Origin of acanthocephalan

  • From New Latin Acanthocephala phylum name acantho– Greek kephalē head –cephalous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἄκανθος (akanthos, “thorn”) + κεφαλή (kephalē, “head”).

    From Wiktionary