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(skis'tō-sō'myū-lŭm, -lă),
The stage in the life cycle of a blood fluke of the genus Schistosoma immediately after penetration of the skin as a cercaria; marked by loss of the tail and gaining of physiologic modifications allowing it to survive in a mammalian bloodstream.
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n. pl. schistosomu·la (-lə)
The immature form of a parasitic schistosome after it has entered the blood vessels of its host.
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