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Platyhelminthes

 [plat″ĭ-hel-min´thēz]
the flatworms, a phylum of acoelomate, dorsoventrally flattened, bilaterally symmetrical animals; it includes the classes cestoidea (tapeworms) and trematoda (flukes).

Plat·y·hel·min·thes

(plat'i-hel-min'thēz),
A phylum of flatworms that are bilaterally symmetric, flattened, and acelomate. There is no digestive tract in some platyhelminths (Cestoda), or the gut may be incomplete (without an anus), as in the Trematoda; most of the forms are hermaphroditic. There are three major classes, but the parasitic species of medical and veterinary importance are in the subclass Cestoda (the true tapeworms) of the class Cestoidea, and in the subclass Digenea (the digenetic flukes) of the class Trematoda.

Platyhelminthes

/Platy·hel·min·thes/ (-hel-min´thēz) a phylum of acoelomate, dorsoventrally flattened, bilaterally symmetrical animals, commonly known as flatworms; it includes the classes Cestoidea (tapeworms) and Trematoda (flukes).

Platyhelminthes

[plat′ihelmin′thēz]
Etymology: Gk, platys, broad, helmins, worm
a phylum of flatworms that includes parasitic tapeworms (class Cestoda) and flukes (classes Monogenea and Trematoda) as well as mostly free-living species, such as planarians (class Turbellaria).

Plat·y·hel·min·thes

(plat'i-hel-min'thēz)
A phylum of flatworms that are bilaterally symmetric, flattened, and acelomate. Parasitic species of medical importance are in the subclass Cestoda (the true tapeworms) of the class Cestoidea, and in the subclass Digenea (the digenetic flukes) of the class Trematoda.

Plat·y·hel·min·thes

(plat'i-hel-min'thēz)
A phylum of flatworms that are bilaterally symmetric, flattened, and acelomate.