noun (plural scolices /ˈskäliˌsēz, ˈskō-/)Zoology
The anterior end of a tapeworm, bearing suckers and hooks for attachment.
More 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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