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Meaning of tapeworm

tape•worm

Pronunciation: (tāp'wûrm"), [key]
— n.
  1. any of various flat or tapelike worms of the class Cestoidea, lacking an alimentary canal, and parasitic when adult in the alimentary canal of humans and other vertebrates: the larval and adult stages are usually in different hosts.
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