Definition of proglottid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌprōˈɡlädəd/
(also proglottis /-ˈɡlätis/)


Each segment in the strobila of a tapeworm, containing a complete sexually mature reproductive system.
Example sentences
  • Their bodies are long and flat, made up of many segments called proglottids.
  • Posterior to the scolex are segments called proglottids.
  • About 10 posterior proglottids from each of five adult cestodes were longitudinally disrupted with sterilized forceps.


Late 19th century: from Greek proglōssis, proglōssid- 'point of the tongue', based on glōssa, glōtta 'tongue' (because of its shape).

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Syllabification: pro·glot·tid

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