procercoid

procercoid

[proh-sur-koid]
noun Zoology.
an elongate larval stage of some tapeworms that usually develops in the body of a freshwater copepod.
Compare plerocercoid.


Origin:
1925–30; pro-2 + Greek kérk(os) tail + -oid

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procercoid pro·cer·coid (prō-sûr'koid)
n.
The first stage in the aquatic life cycle of certain tapeworms following ingestion of the newly hatched larva by a copepod.

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