platyhelminth

DEFINITIONS OF: platyhelminth

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n parasitic or free-living worms having a flattened body

Synonyms:
flatworm
Types:
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planaria, planarian
free-swimming mostly freshwater flatworms; popular in laboratory studies for the ability to regenerate lost parts
fluke, trematode, trematode worm
parasitic flatworms having external suckers for attaching to a host
cestode, tapeworm
ribbonlike flatworms that are parasitic in the intestines of humans and other vertebrates
Fasciola hepatica, liver fluke
flatworm parasitic in liver and bile ducts of domestic animals and humans
Fasciolopsis buski
fluke that is parasitic on humans and swine; common in eastern Asia
blood fluke, schistosome
flatworms parasitic in the blood vessels of mammals
echinococcus
tapeworms whose larvae are parasitic in humans and domestic animals
taenia
tapeworms parasitic in humans which uses the pig as its intermediate host
Type of:
worm
any of numerous relatively small elongated soft-bodied animals especially of the phyla Annelida and Chaetognatha and Nematoda and Nemertea and Platyhelminthes; also many insect larvae
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