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echinococcus


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Echinococcus  \E*chi`no*coc"cus\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  ?  hedgehog, 
  sea  urchin  +  ?  grain,  seed.  So  called  because  forming  little 
  granular  bodies,  each  armed  with  hooklets  and  disposed  upon 
  the  inner  wall  of  the  hydatid  cysts.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  parasite  of  man  and  of  many  domestic  and  wild  animals, 
  forming  compound  cysts  or  tumors  (called  hydatid  cysts)  in 
  various  organs,  but  especially  in  the  liver  and  lungs,  which 
  often  cause  death.  It  is  the  larval  stage  of  the  T[ae]nia 
  echinococcus,  a  small  tapeworm  peculiar  to  the  dog. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  echinococcus 
  n  :  tapeworms  whose  larvae  are  parasitic  in  humans  and  domestic 
  animals 




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