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[ses-tohd] /ˈsɛs toʊd/
a parasitic platyhelminth or flatworm of the class Cestoda, which comprises the tapeworms.
belonging or pertaining to the Cestoda.
Origin of cestode
1830-40; < New Latin Cestoda. See cestus1, -ode1 Unabridged
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  • Several other cestode parasites of domestic animals are believed to develop their intermediate stage in certain arthropods.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • The variations in the character of cestode proglottides is practically infinite.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • In Iceland, a cestode causes the death of a third part of the population.

    Animal Parasites and Messmates P. J. Van Beneden
  • In Pruners case, which is by no means unique, we have seen that two distinct species of cestode may coexist in the human bearer.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • An acaris, the Trichodectes, lives in the hair of young dogs and harbours the scolex of this cestode.

    Animal Parasites and Messmates P. J. Van Beneden
  • We have never opened one, large or small, lean or fat, which had not its intestines filled with cestode worms.

    Animal Parasites and Messmates P. J. Van Beneden
  • Every experimenter is more or less familiar with the cestode larv (C. pisiformis) found wandering in the abdominal cavity.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • The cestode can scarcely be called a parasite under the first vesicular form.

    Animal Parasites and Messmates P. J. Van Beneden
  • Various tapeworm or cestode infections are contracted by eating meat containing the parasite.

    Food Poisoning Edwin Oakes Jordan
  • The papilla itself now becomes moulded into a cestode head, which however is developed in an inverted position.

British Dictionary definitions for cestode


any parasitic flatworm of the class Cestoda, which includes the tapeworms
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Cestoidea ribbon-shaped creatures, from Latin cestus belt, girdle; see cestus1
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cestode in Medicine

cestode ces·tode (sěs'tōd') or ces·toid (-toid')
Any of various parasitic flatworms of the class Cestoidea, including the tapeworms, having a long, flat body equipped with a specialized organ of attachment at one end.

ces'tode or ces'toid' adj.
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cestode in Science
Any of various parasitic flatworms of the class Cestoda, having a long flat body that usually has a specialized organ of attachment at one end (the scolex). Cestodes may consist of a single segment or be divided into numerous identical rectangular segments. Food is absorbed through the outer covering of the body. Cestodes inhabit the liver and digestive tract of many vertebrate animals and also affect some invertebrates. They can attain a length of over 15 m (49 ft). Also called tapeworm.
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