spiny-headed worm
noun Date: 1946 any of a small phylum (Acanthocephala) of unsegmented parasitic worms that have a proboscis bearing hooks by which attachment is made to the intestinal wall of the host

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  • spiny-headed worm — /spuy nee hed id/ any of a small group of endoparasites of the phylum Acanthocephala, as larvae parasitic in insects and crustaceans and as adults in various vertebrates. [1945 50] * * * Introduction also called  acanthocephalan        any animal …   Universalium

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

  • spiny-headed worm — spin′y head ed worm′ n. ivt any of a small group of intestinal parasites of the phylum Acanthocephala, having a proboscis covered with hooks used for attachment • Etymology: 1945–50 …   From formal English to slang

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  • Selected infectious and parasitic diseases of animals — ▪ Table Selected infectious and parasitic diseases of animals animal(s) affected name(s) of disease nature of disease Diseases of bacterial origin most mammals, chickens necrobacillosis, calf diptheria, bovine foot rot, necrotic hepatitis,… …   Universalium

  • Acanthocephala — noun phylum or class of elongated wormlike parasites that live in the intestines of vertebrates: spiny headed worms • Syn: ↑phylum Acanthocephala • Hypernyms: ↑phylum • Member Holonyms: ↑Animalia, ↑kingdom Animalia, ↑animal kingdom …   Useful english dictionary

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