In medicine, taenia is a genus (group) of large tapeworms some of which are parasitic in humans. In anatomy, taenia refers to a band or a structural line and applies to several bands and lines of nervous matter in the brain. In Latin, taenia means a ribbon or tape. Taenia is also spelled tenia.
- Taenia asiatica
A species of tapeworm found in Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, and China, where rural people eat uncooked home-produced pork-containing organs.
- Taenia saginata
The beef tapeworm. The most common of the big tapeworms that parasitizes people, contracted from infected raw or rare beef. Can grow to be 12-25 feet (3.6-7.5 m) long in the human intestine. Also known as the African tapeworm.
- Taenia solium
A tapeworm that can parasitize people and can be contracted from undercooked or infested pork. Also known as the armed tapeworm, the pork tapeworm, and the measly tapeworm.
Infection with any of the tapeworms of the genus Taenia. Humans taeniasis can be caused by eating pork or beef contaminated with the larval stage of the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium, or the beef tapeworm, Taenia saginata.
- Tag, ear
A rudimentary tag of ear tissue, often containing a core of cartilage, usually located just in front of the ear (auricle). This minor anomaly is common and harmless. However, the presence of two or more minor anomalies such as this one in a child increases the probability that the child has a major malformation. Also […]