TA'PE-WORM, n. [tape and worm.] A worm bred in the human intestines or bowels. The body is jointed, and each joint has its mouth.
TAPE-WORM, n. [tape and worm.]
A worm bred in the human intestines. The popular name of various worms infesting the alimentary canal of different animals. They are parenchymatous entozoa, of the tenioid family. The broad tape-worm is the Bothriacephalus latus; the common tape-worm is the Tænia Solium. Both of these infest the human species, and are destroyed by the oil of turpentine in cathartic doses.
- Any one of numerous species of cestode worms belonging to Tænia
and many allied genera. The body is long, flat, and composed of numerous
segments or proglottids varying in shape, those toward the end of the body
being much larger and longer than the anterior ones, and containing the
fully developed sexual organs. The head is small, destitute of a mouth, but
furnished with two or more suckers (which vary greatly in shape in
different genera), and sometimes, also, with hooks for adhesion to the
walls of the intestines of the animals in which they are parasitic. The
larvæ (see Cysticercus) live in the flesh of various
creatures, and when swallowed by another animal of the right species
develop into the mature tapeworm in its intestine. See Illustration