Acanthocephalan



any parasitic worm of the phylum or class Acanthocephala, having a proboscis covered with recurved hooks.
belonging or pertaining to the Acanthocephala.
noun
any of the parasitic wormlike invertebrates of the phylum Acanthocephala, the adults of which have a spiny proboscis and live in the intestines of vertebrates
adjective
of, relating to, or belonging to the Acanthocephala
acanthocephalan
(ə-kān’thə-sěf’ə-lən)
Any of various, mostly small worms of the phylum Acanthocephala that live parasitically in arthropods as juveniles and in the intestines of vertebrates (especially fish) as adults. Acanthocephalans have a cylindrical, retractile proboscis that has rows of hooked spines and is used for attachment to a host. Also called spiny-headed worm.

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