Cysticercus definition

sĭstĭ-sûrkəs
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The larval stage of many tapeworms, consisting of a single invaginated scolex enclosed in a fluid-filled cyst.
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The larva of certain tapeworms, parasitic in an intermediate host, in which the head and neck are partly enclosed in a bladderlike cyst; bladderworm.
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The larval stage of many tapeworms, consisting of a single invaginated scolex enclosed in a fluid-filled cyst.
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The larval stage of any of several tapeworms, having a fluid-filled cyst enclosing a scolex.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cysticercus
Plural:
cysticerci

Origin of cysticercus

  • New Latin Greek kustis bladder cyst Greek kerkos tail

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

  • From Ancient Greek κύστις (kustis, “bladder”) + κέρκος (kerkos, “tail”).

    From Wiktionary