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[proh-glot-is] /proʊˈglɒt ɪs/
noun, plural proglottides
[proh-glot-i-deez] /proʊˈglɒt ɪˌdiz/ (Show IPA).
one of the segments or joints of a tapeworm, containing complete reproductive systems, usually both male and female.
Also, proglottid
[proh-glot-id] /proʊˈglɒt ɪd/ (Show IPA)
Origin of proglottis
1850-55; < New Latin, for Greek proglōssís point of the tongue. See pro-2, glottis
Related forms
proglottic, proglottidean, adjective Unabridged
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  • In the Hunterian collection there is a proglottid showing twenty-two sexual orifices.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
British Dictionary definitions for proglottid


noun (pl) -glottides (-ˈɡlɒtɪˌdiːz)
any of the segments that make up the body of a tapeworm. Each contains reproductive organs and separates from the worm when filled with fertilized eggs
Derived Forms
proglottic, proglottidean, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek proglōssis, proglōttis point of the tongue, from pro-² + glōssa, glōtta (so called because of its shape)
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proglottid in Medicine

proglottid pro·glot·tid (prō-glŏt'ĭd) or pro·glot·tis (-glŏt'ĭs)
n. pl. pro·glot·tids or pro·glot·ti·des (-glŏt'ĭ-dēz')
One of the segments of a tapeworm, containing both male and female reproductive organs. Also called proglottis.

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