noun (plural cysticerci /-ˈsərˌsī/ /-ˈsərˌkī/)Zoology
A larval tapeworm that is at a stage in which the scolex is inverted in a sac, and that is typically found encysted in the muscle tissue of the host.
- The classic intestinal infection with Taenia solium results when humans ingest pork with viable cysticerci that exocyst in the small intestine.
- Pharmacological treatment is now widely accessible and effective even in cases of giant cysticerci or ventricular cysts, which used to be the exclusive domain of neurosurgery.
- Once inside the stomach, the tapeworm egg hatches, penetrates the intestine, travels through the bloodstream and may develop into cysticerci in the muscles, brain, or eyes.
- Example sentences
- The digested mites release cysticercoids where they attach to the ileocecal junction in the horse.
- The tapeworm eggs are ingested by flea larvae, where development reaches the larval cysticercoid stage.
- After hatching, they invade into the body cavity and become cysticercoid larvae, which are infectious for humans.
Mid 19th century: modern Latin (originally the name of a supposed genus), from Greek kustis 'bladder' + kerkos 'tail'.
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