Definition of scolex in English:


Line breaks: sco¦lex
Pronunciation: /ˈskəʊlɛks

noun (plural scolices /-lɪsiːz/)

  • The anterior end of a tapeworm, bearing suckers and hooks for attachment.
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    • 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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