Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An order of worm-like internal parasites or entozoa, which have neither mouth nor alimentary canal, but have recurved hooks on a retractile proboscis at the anterior end of the body, by which they attach themselves to the tissues of animals. These entozoans belong to the class Nematelmintha. The embryos are gregarina-like, and become encysted as in
Cestoda, in which state they are swallowed by various animals, in the bodies of which they are developed. A species occurs in the liver of the cat, and another in the alimentary canal of the hog. There are about 100 species, all referable to the family Echinorhynchidæ.
- n. A taxonomic phylum within the superphylum Platyzoa — intestinal worms, having the proboscis armed with recurved spines.
- n. A taxonomic genus within the family Coreidae — leaf-footed bugs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A group of intestinal worms, having the proboscis armed with recurved spines.
- n. phylum or class of elongated wormlike parasites that live in the intestines of vertebrates: spiny-headed worms
- From New Latin acanth, from Ancient Greek ἄκανθος (akanthos, "thorn") + New Latin cephala, from Ancient Greek κεφαλή (kephalē, "head") (Wiktionary)
“Serotonin, octopamine, and the clinging behavior induced by the parasite Polymorphus paradoxus (Acanthocephala) in Gammarus lacustris (Crustacea).”
“His principal research interests have centered around morphologic studies on Acanthocephala, molecular exchanges of dependent cells and their environments, and diagnosis of parasitic diseases.”
“We believe it is Acanthocephala declivis based on the range and description on”
“Instead, I will list a compilation of some of the phyla of which I have yet to see a live member: Acanthocephala, Chaetognatha, Gnathostomulida,”
“This is a Big Legged Plant Bug or Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae and the genus Acanthocephala.”
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