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Definition of "scolex" []

  • The knoblike anterior end of a tapeworm, having suckers or hooklike parts that in the adult stage serve as organs of attachment to the host on which the tapeworm is parasitic. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scolex" in a sentence
  • "Behind the scolex is the narrow neck which is proliferative (produces all each segment) and gives rise to the body segments called strobila."
  • "Adults are dorso-ventrally flattened but unlike other flatworms possess is an anterior, suckered head region called a scolex for attachment to their host."
  • "Almost all of the taeworm's metabolism is dedicated to reproduction; inside the scolex is a complete set of male and female reproductive organs."
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