sparganum


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sparganum

 [spahr´gah-num] (Gr.)
a migrating larva of a tapeworm; see also sparganosis.

spar·ga·num

(spar'gă-nŭm),
Originally described as a genus, but now restricted to the plerocercoid stage of certain tapeworms.
[G. sparganon, a swathing band, fr. spargō, to swathe]

sparganum

/spar·ga·num/ (spahr´gah-num) pl. spar´gana   [Gr.] the larval stage of certain tapeworms, especially of the genera Diphyllobothrium and Spirometra; see also sparganosis. Also, a genus name applied to such larvae, usually when the adult stage is unknown.

sparganum

pl. spargana [Gr.] a migrating plerocercoid of a tapeworm. Usually refers specifically to larvae of spirometra. Causes sparganosis in humans and pigs.