Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


any of various flat or tapelike worms of the class Cestoidea, lacking an alimentary canal, and parasitic when adult in the alimentary canal of humans and other vertebrates: the larval and adult stages are usually in different hosts.
any parasitic ribbon-like flatworm of the class Cestoda, having a body divided into many egg-producing segments and lacking a mouth and gut. The adults inhabit the intestines of vertebrates See also echinococcus, taenia

tapeworm tape·worm (tāp’wûrm’)
Any of various ribbonlike, often very long flatworms of the class Cestoda, that lack an alimentary canal and are intestinal parasitic in humans.
See cestode.

tapeworm definition

A worm with a long, flat body that can live in the human intestines as a parasite. Infestation with a tapeworm usually occurs as the result of eating raw meat or fish that contains the immature form of the worm.


Read Also:

  • Taphephobia

    noun, Psychiatry. 1. an abnormal fear of being buried alive. noun 1. (med) a pathological fear of being buried alive

  • Taphiae

    noun, (used with a plural verb) 1. (in ancient geography) a group of islands in the Ionian Sea.

  • Taphole

    noun, Metallurgy. 1. a hole in a blast furnace, steelmaking furnace, etc., through which molten metal or slag is tapped off. noun 1. a hole in a furnace for running off molten metal or slag

  • Taphonomy

    noun, Paleontology, Anthropology. 1. the circumstances and processes of fossilization. 2. the study of the environmental conditions affecting the preservation of animal or plant remains. noun 1. the study of the processes affecting an organism after death that result in its fossilization

Disclaimer: Tapeworm definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.