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Anoplocephala

Pronunciation: an-op′lō-sef′ă-lă

Definition: A genus of large tapeworms (family Anoplocephalidae) with strong linear segmentation, numerous scattered testes, and eggs with a pyriform apparatus; they are parasitic in herbivores, with terrestrial mites serving as intermediate hosts.

[G. anoplos, unarmed, + kephalē, head]

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