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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ă-kan′thōr


The spindle-shaped embryo, with rostellar hooks and body spines, formed within the egg shell of Acanthocephala; this stage burrows into the body cavity of its first intermediate host, usually a crustacean in aquatic cycles, or insects in terrestrial cycles.

[G. akantha, thorn or spine]

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