Acanthocephalan Definition

əkanthōsefələn, əkanthəsefələn
noun
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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adjective

(zoology) In a manner similar to Acanthocephala. [First attested late 19th c.]

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Singular:
acanthocephalan
Plural:
acanthocephalans

Origin of Acanthocephalan

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

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