acanthocephalan
noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek akantha thorn, spine + kephalē head — more at cephalic Date: circa 1889 spiny-headed wormacanthocephalan adjective

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  • acanthocephalan — [ə kan΄thō sef′ə lən, ə kan΄thəsef′ə lən] n. [< ModL < ACANTHO + CEPHAL + AN] any of a phylum (Acanthocephala) of intestinal worms, lacking a digestive tract and having a proboscis bearing rows of thornlike hooks …   English World dictionary

  • acanthocephalan — acan·tho·ceph·a·lan lən n any of the phylum Acanthocephala of unsegmented parasitic worms called also spiny headed worm acanthocephalan adj * * * acan·tho·ceph·a·lan (ə kan″tho sefґə lən) any individual of the phylum… …   Medical dictionary

  • acanthocephalan — /euh kan theuh sef euh leuhn/, n. 1. any parasitic worm of the phylum or class Acanthocephala, having a proboscis covered with recurved hooks. * * * …   Universalium

  • acanthocephalan — É™ kænθ əʊ sfælæn n. intestinal parasite …   English contemporary dictionary

  • acanthocephalan — acan·tho·ceph·a·lan …   English syllables

  • acanthocephalan — a•can•tho•ceph•a•lan [[t]əˌkæn θəˈsɛf ə lən[/t]] n. ivt spiny headed worm • Etymology: 1905–10; < NL Acanthocephal(a) …   From formal English to slang

  • acanthocephalan — /əkænθoʊˈsɛfələn/ (say uhkanthoh sefuhluhn) noun any of the worms belonging to a phylum of internal parasitic worms, Acanthocephala, having a protrusile proboscis covered with recurved hooks and a hollow body without digestive tract, found in the …   Australian English dictionary

  • acanthocephalan — noun any of various worms living parasitically in intestines of vertebrates having a retractile proboscis covered with many hooked spines • Syn: ↑spiny headed worm • Hypernyms: ↑worm • Member Holonyms: ↑Acanthocephala, ↑phylum Acanthocephala …   Useful english dictionary

  • spinyheaded worm — acanthocephalan …   Medical dictionary

  • thorny-headed worm — acanthocephalan …   Medical dictionary

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