Definitions

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

  • noun Any of numerous worms of the phylum Nematoda, having unsegmented cylindrical bodies often narrowing at each end, and including free-living species that are abundant in soil and water, and species that are parasites of plants and animals, such as eelworms, pinworms, and hookworms.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as nematoid.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any worm of the phylum Nematoda; a roundworm; -- they are unsegmented worms having a cylindrical elongated body. They may live freely in soil or water, or as parasites in plants or animals.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Same as nematoid.

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

  • noun A small invertebrate animal of the phylum Nematoda.

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

  • noun unsegmented worms with elongated rounded body pointed at both ends; mostly free-living but some are parasitic

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Nēmatōda, phylum name : nemato– + New Latin -ōda (alteration of -oīdea, from neuter pl. of Greek -oeidēs, -oid).]

Examples

  • In the last 10 years scientists have realized that it is actually the bacteria, not the nematode, that is responsible for most of the symptoms produced by these illnesses.

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  • The scientists have uncovered novel quantitative organizational principles that underlie the network organizations of the human brain, high performance computer circuits, and the nervous system of the worm, known as nematode C. elegans.

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  • The team of scientists from the U.S., the U.K., and Germany has uncovered novel quantitative organizational principles that underlie the network organizations of the human brain, high performance computer circuits, and the nervous system of the worm, known as nematode C. elegans.

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  • Jaenike studied a species of fly, Drosophila neotestacea, which is rendered sterile by a parasitic worm called a nematode, one of the most abundant, diverse, and destructive parasites of plants and animals in the world.

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  • This nematode, which is made up of just a thousand or so cells, does not produce cholesterol and is therefore an ideal test subject.

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  • This nematode, which is made up of just a thousand or so cells, does not produce cholesterol and is therefore an ideal test subject.

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  • This nematode, which is made up of just a thousand or so cells, does not produce cholesterol and is therefore an ideal test subject.

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  • - which can become as large as 200 normal plant cells - is called the nematode feeding site.

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  • Each kind of nematode will have a different effect on a horse's health, with much depending upon the level of infection.

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  • Borgonie was relieved that his physically punishing and time-consuming nematode bet had paid off.

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