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Pronunciation: sis'ti-ser'kus, -ser'si

Definition: The larval form of certain Taenia species, typically found in muscles of mammalian intermediate hosts that serve as a prey of various predators; it consists of a fluid-filled bladder in which the invaginated cestode scolex develops.

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

See Also: Taenia saginata, Taenia solium

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