tongue worm


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tongue worm

n.
Any of various wormlike, sometimes tongue-shaped, parasitic invertebrates of the phylum Pentastomida, having a mouth surrounded by four hooks used to attach to the respiratory passages of reptiles, birds, and carnivorous mammals. Also called pentastome, pentastomid.

tongue worm

n
(Veterinary Science) vet science a parasitic worm, Linguatula serrata, found in the nose of dogs, so called because of the shape of the worm
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Noun1.tongue worm - wormlike arthropod having two pairs of hooks at the sides of the mouthtongue worm - wormlike arthropod having two pairs of hooks at the sides of the mouth; parasitic in nasal sinuses of mammals
arthropod - invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin
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Case report of a tongue worm (Linguatula serrata) in the anterior chamber.
The new species, which has been named Invavita piratica (meaning "ancient intruder" and "piracy"), belongs to a group of parasites known as tongue worms.
To the Editor: Pentastomids or tongue worms are a unique group of vermiform parasites, phylogenetically related to arthropods (1).