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Pronunciation: di-je'ne-a

Definition: Subclass of parasitic flatworms (class Trematoda) characterized by a complex life cycle involving developmental multiplying stages in a mollusk intermediate host, an adult stage in a vertebrate, and often involving an additional transport host or an additional intermediate host; includes all the common flukes of humans and other mammals.

[G. di-, two, + genesis, generation]

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