noun (plural aschelminths or aschelminthes)Zoology
An invertebrate animal belonging to a group of phyla that are distinguished by the lack of a well-developed coelom and blood vessels. Most are minute worm-like animals, including the nematodes, rotifers, and water bears.
- Phylum Nematoda and about seven minor phyla, formerly placed in a phylum Aschelminthes
More example sentences
- Since aschelminths all lack substantial hard parts, their fossil record is extremely spotty.
- Clearly, the status of several traditional ‘aschelminthes’ groups awaits further confirmation.
- An alternative explanation is that it was a kind of aschelminth (pseudocoelomate worm), as indicated for example by its asymmetrical mouth.
from modern Latin Aschelminthes (former phylum name), from Greek askos 'sac' + helminth 'worm' (from the former belief that animals of this group had a fluid-filled internal sac).
Definition of aschelminth in:
- The US English dictionary