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 (ə-kăn′thə-sĕf′ə-lən) also a·can·tho·ceph·a·lid (-lĭd)
[From New Latin Acanthocephala, phylum name : acantho- + Greek kephalē, head; see -cephalous.]

a·can′tho·ceph′a·lan adj.


(Animals) any of the parasitic wormlike invertebrates of the phylum Acanthocephala, the adults of which have a spiny proboscis and live in the intestines of vertebrates
(Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the Acanthocephala

spin′y-head`ed worm′

any of a small group of intestinal parasites of the phylum Acanthocephala, having a proboscis covered with hooks used for attachment.
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Noun1.acanthocephalan - any of various worms living parasitically in intestines of vertebrates having a retractile proboscis covered with many hooked spinesacanthocephalan - any of various worms living parasitically in intestines of vertebrates having a retractile proboscis covered with many hooked spines
worm - any of numerous relatively small elongated soft-bodied animals especially of the phyla Annelida and Chaetognatha and Nematoda and Nemertea and Platyhelminthes; also many insect larvae
Acanthocephala, phylum Acanthocephala - phylum or class of elongated wormlike parasites that live in the intestines of vertebrates: spiny-headed worms
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Comparison of the metal accumulation capacity between the Acanthocephalan pomphorhynchus laevis and larval nematodes of the genus Eustrongylides sp.
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09) (Table 1), this acanthocephalan may yet prove to be a useful marker for the detection of southeastern 4T migrants among plaice overwintering in Cabot Strait and 4Vn.
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Helminths were placed in vials of 70% ethanol and deposited in the United States National Parasite Collection, (USNPC), Beltsville, Maryland: Strongyluris similis 92433; Thubunaea iguanae 92434; acanthocephalan cystacanth 92435.
2003) showed a decrease in the hemolymph-associated PO activity in the amphipod Gammarus pulex in response to infection with the acanthocephalan Pomphorynchus laevis.