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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* Linguatula serrata Tongue Worm in Human Eye, Austria
(14) The worm was later identified by its morphology and by molecular phylogenetic analysis as the third instar larva of Linguatula serrata, the tongue worm. (14)
Linguatula serrata are commonly called tongue worm, due to its characteristic transparent tongue-shaped, slightly convex, and ventrally flattened body structure [6].