scolex

Definitions:

  • The knoblike anterior end of a tapeworm, having suckers or hooklike parts that in the adult stage serve as organs of attachment to the host on which the tapeworm is parasitic.
  • PI. <em>scoleces</em> (skō˙-lē′ sēz), erroneously <em>scolices</em> (skol′ i-sēz). In <em>Scolecida</em>, the larva produced from the egg, which may by gemmation give rise to infertile deutoscoleces, or to ovigerous proglottides; the embryo of an entozoic worm, as a fluke or tape; a cystic worm or cysticercus; a hydatid. See cuts under <internalXref urlencoded="T%C3%A6nia">Tænia</internalXref>.
  • [<em>capitalized</em>] An old genus of worms.
  • The embryo produced directly from the egg in a metagenetic series, especially the larva of a tapeworm or other parasitic worm. See <ex>Illust.</ex> of <xref urlencoded="echinococcus">echinococcus</xref>.
  • One of the Scolecida.
  • The structure at the rear end of a <xref>tapeworm</xref> which, in the adult, has <xref>suckers</xref> and <xref>hooks</xref> by which it attaches itself to a <xref>host</xref>.
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