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Related to Eucestoda: Cyclophyllidea, Amphilinidea, Cestodaria, Trypanorhyncha


A subclass of tapeworms (class Cestoidea), containing the typical members of this group, including the segmented tapeworms that parasitize humans and domestic animals.
Synonym(s): Eucestoda
[G. kestos, girdle]


The subclass of Cestoda that includes tapeworms.
See also: Cestoda


one of the two classes of cestodes. Includes the true tapeworms identified by having a holdfast organ or scolex, usually a segmented body, and a life cycle which includes an intermediate host.