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Echinococcus

Pronunciation: e-ki'no-kok'us

Definition: A genus of small taeniid tapeworms, two to five segments in adult worms; adults are found in various carnivores but not in humans; larvae, in the form of hydatid cysts, are found in the liver and other organs of ruminants, pigs, horses, rodents, and humans (sheep herders living closely with their infected dogs, contact with infected feces).

[echino- + G. kokkos, a berry]

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