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

  • n. Any of various parasitic flatworms of the class Cestoda, including the tapeworms, having a long flat body equipped with a specialized organ of attachment at one end.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or belonging to the class Cestoda.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various parasitic tapeworms of the class Cestoda
  • adj. Of or characteristic of such creatures

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Cestoidea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as cestoid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. ribbonlike flatworms that are parasitic in the intestines of humans and other vertebrates


From New Latin Cestoda, class name, from Latin cestus, belt, from Greek kestos; see cestus1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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