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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various mostly microscopic wormlike invertebrates of the obsolete phylum Aschelminthes, including the nematodes, rotifers, and gastrotrichs.

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  • noun Any of many pseudocoelomates of the former phylum Aschelminthes

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Aschelminthēs, former phylum name : Greek askos, bag (in reference to the pseudocoel found in members of the group) + helmins, helminth-, worm; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

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