a major grouping (formerly a phylum) of small-to-microscopic pseudocoelomate organisms, as the rotifers, nematodes, and gastrotriches, all of which are now classified as separate phyla.
Historical Examples

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

Aschelminthes Asc·hel·min·thes (āsk’hěl-mĭn’thēz’)
A phylum of the Metazoa that includes nematodes and other roundworms that are nonsegmented, bilaterally symmetrical, and cylindrical in form, with a pseudocele body cavity and rounded or pointed ends.


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