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- n. Any of various microscopic parasitic worms previously classified together under the grouping Entozoa.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the Entozoa.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the Entozoa; an internal parasite; an entozoan.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various parasites that live in the internal organs of animals (especially intestinal worms)
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An "entozoon" seems to the practical man a foolish, imaginary creature.
The entozoon of course gives rise to a variety of stale and melancholy jokes about the early bird, the worm that dieth not, and so forth.
When you know the entozoon you can dig him out and save the sheep's life.
a disorder known as "the staggers," of which many thousands of sheep have died annually, is caused by an entozoon which presses on the brain, and that if the creature is extracted through the softened place in the skull which marks its position, the sheep usually recovers, is another debt which agriculture owes to biology.