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[skoh-leks] /ˈskoʊ lɛks/
noun, plural scoleces
[skoh-lee-seez] /skoʊˈli siz/ (Show IPA),
[skol-uh-seez, skoh-luh-] /ˈskɒl əˌsiz, ˈskoʊ lə-/ (Show IPA).
the anterior, headlike segment of a tapeworm, having suckers, hooks, or the like, for attachment.
Origin of scolex
1850-55; < Greek skṓlēx worm Unabridged
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noun (pl) scoleces (skəʊˈliːsiːz), scolices (ˈskɒlɪˌsiːz; ˈskəʊ-)
the headlike part of a tapeworm, bearing hooks and suckers by which the animal is attached to the tissues of its host
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek skōlēx worm
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Word Origin and History for scolex

"embryo stage of a tapeworm," 1852, from Modern Latin scolex (plural scoleces), from Greek skolex "worm," related to skolyptesthai "to twist and turn," from PIE *skel- (3) "crooked" (see scoliosis).

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scolex in Medicine

scolex sco·lex (skō'lěks')
n. pl. sco·lex·es or sco·li·ces or sco·le·ces (-lĭ-sēz')
The knoblike anterior end of a tapeworm, having suckers or hooklike parts that in the adult stage serve as organs of attachment to the host.

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