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Related to acanthocephalan: phylum Acanthocephala
a·can·tho·ceph·a·lan(ə-kăn′thə-sĕf′ə-lən) also a·can·tho·ceph·a·lid (-lĭd)
See spiny-headed worm.
[From New Latin Acanthocephala, phylum name : acantho- + Greek kephalē, head; see -cephalous.]
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(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
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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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|Noun||1.||acanthocephalan - 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
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