Definition of scolex in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskōˌleks/

noun (plural scolices /ˈskäliˌsēz/ /ˈskō-/)

The anterior end of a tapeworm, bearing suckers and hooks for attachment.
Example sentences
  • Posterior to the scolex are segments called proglottids.
  • However, a developing hydatid cyst up to 5 cm in diameter may not show scolices as they appear about 1 year after infestation.
  • Rare degenerating scolices and hooklets were sometimes seen.


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek skōlēx 'worm'.

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Syllabification: sco·lex

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