noun, plural scoleces [skoh-lee-seez] , scolices [skol-uh-seez, skoh-luh-] . Zoology.
the anterior, headlike segment of a tapeworm, having suckers, hooks, or the like, for attachment.

1850–55; < Greek skṓlēx worm Unabridged
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scolex (ˈskəʊlɛks)
n , pl scoleces, scolices
the headlike part of a tapeworm, bearing hooks and suckers by which the animal is attached to the tissues of its host
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek skōlēx worm]

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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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