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Pronunciation: ser′kō-sis′tis

Definition: A specialized form of tapeworm cysticercoid larva that develops within the vertebrate host villus rather than in an invertebrate host; the cercocystis of Hymenolepis nana in its direct or egg-borne cycle in humans.

[G. kerkos, tail, + kystis, bladder]

See Also: cysticercus, cysticercoid

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