hexacanth embryo


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Related to hexacanth embryo: hydatid cyst, embryophore

hex·a·canth em·bry·o

the embryo of tapeworms of the subclass Cestoda, such as Taenia saginata, characterized by three pairs of hooks used for penetration through the gut of an intermediate host.
Synonym(s): oncosphere embryo

hexacanth embryo

the infective stage (larvae, oncosphere) in a cestode egg after fertilization takes place.