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acanthocephalan

[uh-kan-thuh-sef-uh-luh n] /əˌkæn θəˈsɛf ə lən/
noun
1.
any parasitic worm of the phylum or class Acanthocephala, having a proboscis covered with recurved hooks.
adjective
2.
belonging or pertaining to the Acanthocephala.
Origin of acanthocephalan
1905-1910
1905-10; < New Latin Acanthocephal(a), neuter plural of acanthocephalus (see acantho-, -cephalous) + -an
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acanthocephalan

/əˌkænθəʊˈsɛfələn/
noun
1.
any of the parasitic wormlike invertebrates of the phylum Acanthocephala, the adults of which have a spiny proboscis and live in the intestines of vertebrates
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Acanthocephala
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acanthocephalan
  (ə-kān'thə-sěf'ə-lən)   
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. Also called spiny-headed worm.
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