procercoid


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procercoid

 [pro-ser´koid]
a larval stage of fish tapeworms.

pro·cer·coid

(prō-ser'koyd),
The first stage in the aquatic life cycle of certain tapeworms, such as the pseudophyllideans (family Diphyllobothriidae), following ingestion of the newly hatched larva (coracidium) by a copepod (water flea). The procercoid develops into a tailed larva in the body cavity of the crustacean first intermediate host; when the procercoid and its host are ingested by a fish, the procercoid enters the new host's tissues and becomes a plerocercoid.
See also: Diphyllobothrium latum, Pseudophyllidea.
[pro- + G. kerkos, tail, + eidos, resemblance]

procercoid

(prō-sûr′koid)
n.
A wormlike larval form of certain tapeworms, typically developing in a copepod.
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Procercoid The first larval stage of pseudophyllidian tapeworms which develops from the onchosphere.
4 and 5): 1) copepods were infected by ingestion of eggs deposited in the bottom debris producing procercoid larvae (first larval stage) in the hemocoel of these hosts and 2) tadpoles ingested these infected copepods and plerocercoid larvae (second larval stage) developed in the body cavity and associated tissues of these hosts.