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[nem-uh-thel-minth] /ˌnɛm əˈθɛl mɪnθ/

any worm of the phylum Nemathelminthes (now usually broken up into several phyla), including the nematodes and hairworms, having an elongated, unsegmented, cylindrical body.
any unsegmented worm of the group Nemathelminthes, including the nematodes, nematomorphs, and acanthocephalans


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