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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.
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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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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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Analysis of distinctions between the acanthocephalan genera Filicollis and Polymorphus, with description of a new species of Polymorphus.
The increase in the lamina propia of the intestine has been similarly described for the teleost's intestinal epithelia affected by trematodes or cestodes and in salmonids infested with acanthocephalan parasites (Dezfuli & Giari, 2008).
No acanthocephalan and trematode parasites were observed during the study period.
Parasites such as the trematodes Pygidiopsis genata (metacercaria), Cryptocotyle concavum met., Cryptocotyle lingua met., and Timoniella imbutiforme met., nematode Dichelyne minutus, and acanthocephalan Acanthocephaloides propinquus were previously observed in the three gobiids in various sites of the northwestern Black Sea and Crimean coasts.
(2) 1/3 (33.3%; 6.8-80.6%) Strongyles (Suborder Rhabditina) 7/14 (50%; 26.6-73.4%) Unidentified acanthocephalan 1/14 (Phylum Acanthocephala) (7.1%; 1.7-31.9%) Trapped possums (no.
Strongylid parasites and four other nematodes, one acanthocephalan and one protozoan, were detected.
gondii in rats, acanthocephalan worms (also known as spiny-headed worms) override the natural photophobia of their freshwater crustacean hosts.
Gammarids regularly harbor manipulative acanthocephalan parasites that modify their anti-predator behavior in ways that potentially increase the probability of trophic transmission to their definitive hosts.
Other eggs of helminths observed in the cat feces in descending order included Toxocara cati, hook worms (Ancylostoma spp.), Dipylidium caninum, and Acanthocephalan spp.