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Pronunciation: pen-tas'to-ma

Definition: Older name for a genus of Pentastomida, now called Linguatula. The species described as Pentastoma denticulatum proved to be the larva of Linguatula rhinaria, sometimes parasitic in the nose of humans and other mammals; adults are found in the lungs of reptiles.

[penta- + G. stoma, mouth]

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