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n. pl. sco·li·ces (-lĭ-sēz′)
The knoblike anterior end of a tapeworm, having suckers or hooklike parts that in the adult stage serve as organs of attachment to the host on which the tapeworm is parasitic.

[New Latin scōlēx, from Greek skōlēx, worm.]


n, pl scoleces (skəʊˈliːsiːz) or scolices (ˈskɒlɪˌsiːz; ˈskəʊ-)
(Zoology) the headlike part of a tapeworm, bearing hooks and suckers by which the animal is attached to the tissues of its host
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek skōlēx worm]


(ˈskoʊ lɛks)

n., pl. sco•le•ces (skoʊˈli siz)
scol•i•ces (ˈskɒl əˌsiz, ˈskoʊ lə-)
the frontal segment of a tapeworm, having suckers or hooks for attachment.
[1850–55; < Greek skṓlēx worm]
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The wet mount prepared from the cyst fluid revealed morphological structures resembling scolex of Echinococcus spp.
We must assume that diagnoses were primarily based on 2 widely used attributes: lack of hooks in the scolex and number of uterine branches in mature proglottids (Figure 6, panels A, B).
Beside these some of the undescribed species of Hymenolepis which main characteristic is strobila (2-5mm length) and scolex bearing 10 hooks was commonly found in duodenum of ducks reported to be transmitted through wild birds.
Microscopic examination of a single scolex revealed 4 suckers and two circles of typical taenid rostellar hooks (Fig.
The scolex (the infectious parasite at the larval stage) arises from the inner endocyst [5,6].
Mature Asian tapeworms had a heart-shaped scolex with deep long bothria, a flattened attachment disc (Fig.
We found material assigned to Proteocephalidea in the plerocercoid stage, presenting a scolex with four simple suckers; both characteristics correspond to the order (Khalil et al.
The characteristic laminated membrane (L) and germinal layer (G) are illustrated; a scolex (S) is noted in the center of the field.