Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sterile echinococcus cyst.
  • noun A hydatid; a member of a supposed genus Acephalocystis, instituted by Hunter for the hydatid or encysted stage of Tænia echinococcus. See Tænia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A larval entozoön in the form of a subglobular or oval vesicle, or hydatid, filled with fluid, sometimes found in the tissues of man and the lower animals; -- so called from the absence of a head or visible organs on the vesicle. These cysts are the immature stages of certain tapeworms. Also applied to similar cysts of different origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun zoology A larval entozoön in the form of a subglobular or oval vesicle, or hydatid, filled with fluid, sometimes found in the tissues of man and the lower animals; -- so called from the absence of a head or visible organs on the vesicle. These cysts are the immature stages of certain tapeworms. Also applied to similar cysts of different origin.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek ἀκέφαλος (akephalos, "headless") + κύστις (kustis, "bladder")

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