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  • n. The larval stage of a tapeworm

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sexless, encysted stage of certain tapeworms, as Bothriocephalus. If imperfectly cooked fish infested with the parasite in this stage is eaten by man, the metacestode develops into the mature tapeworm. Also called plerocestode.


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