cysticercus

[sis-tuh-sur-kuhs]
noun, plural cysticerci [sis-tuh-sur-sahy] .
the larva of certain tapeworms, having the head retracted into a bladderlike structure; a bladder worm.

Origin:
1835–45; < Neo-Latin < Greek kýsti(s) bladder, cyst + kérkos tail

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cysticercus (ˌsɪstɪˈsɜːkəs)
 
n , pl -ci
hydatid See also coenurus an encysted larval form of many tapeworms, consisting of a head (scolex) inverted in a fluid-filled bladder
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek kustis pouch, bladder + kerkos tail]

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cysticercus cys·ti·cer·cus (sĭs'tĭ-sûr'kəs)
n. pl. cys·ti·cer·ci (-sī')
The larval stage of many tapeworms, consisting of a single invaginated scolex enclosed in a fluid-filled cyst.

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Any single cysticercus indicates generalized infection.
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