Acanthocephala A·can·tho·ceph·a·la (ə-kān’thə-sěf’ə-lə)
Any of various worms of the phylum Acanthocephala that live parasitically in the intestines of vertebrates and are characterized by a cylindrical, retractile proboscis that bears many rows of hooked spines. Also called spiny-headed worm.
a·can’tho·ceph’a·lan (-lən) or a·can’tho·ceph’a·lid (-lĭd) adj.
Historical Examples

The invertebrates: acanthocephala, Aschelminthes, and Endoprocta.
The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches Louis M. Roth

The life-cycle of Moniliformis moniliformis (Bremser, 1811), acanthocephala.
The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches Louis M. Roth


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