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Medical Term:

Dipylidium caninum

Pronunciation: dip′i-lid′ē-ŭm kā-nī′nŭm

Definition: The commonest species of dog tapeworm, the double-pored tapeworm, the larvae of which are harbored by dog fleas or lice; the worm occasionally infects humans, especially children licked by dogs that have recently nipped infected fleas.

[G. dipylos, with two entrances; L. ntr. of caninus, pertaining to canis, dog]