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Pronunciation: ses-toy′dē-ă

Definition: The tapeworms, a class of platyhelminth flatworms characterized by lack of an alimentary canal and, in typical forms (subclass Cestoda), by a segmented body with a scolex or holdfast organ at one end; adult worms are vertebrate parasites, usually found in the small intestine.

[G. kestos, girdle, + eidos, form]