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An adult tapeworm, Taenia saginata
 
The life cycle of Taenia saginata

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tape +‎ worm.

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tapeworm (countable and uncountable, plural tapeworms)

  1. (countable) Any parasitical worm of the class or infraclass Cestoda, which infest the intestines of animals, including humans, often infecting different host species during their life cycle.
    1. (countable) A broad fish tapeworm, Diphyllobothrium latum.
  2. (uncountable) Infection by tapeworms.
    • 1967, Senator Hill, United States. Congress. Senate, Labor--Health, Education, and Welfare appropriations for 1968: Hearings before the subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, volume 8, page 1819:
      We used to have a lot of tapeworm down in my neck of the woods, but we don't have much now.

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  • (any species of class Cestoda): cestode

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