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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: em'bre-o-for

Definition: A membrane or wall around the hexacanth embryo of tapeworms, forming the inner portion of the eggshell. In the genus Taenia, the embryophore is exceptionally thick, with radial striations that form a highly protective structure; in the genus Diphyllobothrium, the embryophore is ciliated and enhances the aquatic life cycle of this and other pseudophyllid cestodes.

[embryo- + G. phoros, bearing]

See Also: coracidium

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