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hypostome

Pronunciation: hi'po-stom

Definition: The central unpaired holdfast organ of the tick capitulum; the hypostome is covered with recurved spines that enable it to serve as an anchoring device while the tick feeds.

[hypo- + G. stoma, mouth]

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