aschelminth


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asc·hel·minth

 (ăsk′hĕl-mĭnth′)
n.
Any of various mostly microscopic wormlike invertebrates of the obsolete phylum Aschelminthes, including the nematodes, rotifers, and gastrotrichs.

[From New Latin Aschelminthēs, former phylum name : Greek askos, bag (in reference to the pseudocoel found in members of the group) + helmins, helminth-, worm; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

asc•hel•minth

(ˌæsk hɛlˈmɪnθ)
n.
any invertebrate of a former phylum, the Aschelminthes, including rotifers, nematodes, and gastrotrichs, all of which are now classified as separate phyla.
[< New Latin Aschelminthes; see asc-, helminth]
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