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nematode

[nem-uh-tohd] /ˈnɛm əˌtoʊd/
noun
1.
any unsegmented worm of the phylum Nematoda, having an elongated, cylindrical body; a roundworm.
adjective
2.
pertaining to the Nematoda.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; nemat- + -ode1
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Examples for nematode
  • And if dopamine makes a swimming nematode crawl, it turns out serotonin makes a crawling nematode swim.
  • Research into nematode and other biological control agents continues today.
British Dictionary definitions for nematode

nematode

/ˈnɛməˌtəʊd/
noun
1.
any unsegmented worm of the phylum (or class) Nematoda, having a tough outer cuticle. The group includes free-living forms and disease-causing parasites, such as the hookworm and filaria Also called nematode worm, roundworm
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Word Origin and History for nematode
n.

1865, from Modern Latin Nematoda, the class or phylum name.

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nematode in Medicine

nematode nem·a·tode (něm'ə-tōd')
n.
A parasitic worm of the class Nematoda. Also called roundworm.

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nematode in Science
nematode
  (něm'ə-tōd')   
Any of several slender, cylindrical worms of the group Nematoda, which some scientists consider to be a class of the aschelminths and others to be a separate phylum. Most nematodes are tiny and live in enormous numbers in water, soil, plants, and animals. They have a simple structure, with a long hollow gut separated from the body wall by a fluid-filled space. Several nematodes, such as pinworm, roundworm, filaria, and hookworm, are parasites on animals and humans and cause disease. One species, Caenorhabditis elegans (usually called C. elegans), was one of the first animals to have its entire genome sequenced and is important in biological research as a model organism.
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