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A genus of pseudophyllid tapeworms.
[G. speira, coil, + mētra, womb (uterus)]
Spirometra/Spi·ro·me·tra/ (spi″ro-me´trah) a genus of tapeworms parasitic in fish-eating cats, dogs, and birds; larval infection (sparganosis) in humans is caused by ingestion of inadequately cooked fish.
The plerocercoid larva of tapeworms, esp. those of the genera Diphyllobothrium and Spirometra.
An elongated plerocercoid species, 3 to 14 in. (7.6 to 35 cm) in length, found in muscles and connective tissue, esp. that around the eye; common in the Far East.
Species occasionally found in the U.S. in larval form.
Minute species infesting humans and producing acne-like nodules. It is thought to proliferate by means of budlike outgrowths.
a pseudophyllidean tapeworm similar to Diphyllobothrium spp. that occurs in the intestines of wild carnivores and domestic cats and dogs. The larvae (plerocercoids) infest amphibians but humans can also be infected, the resulting disease being known as sparganosis. Includes S. erinacei (cats, dogs), S. felis (big zoo cats), S. mansoni (cats, dogs), S. mansonoides (cats, dogs, raccoons), S. reptans (New World primates).