Meaning of acanthocephalan

a•can•tho•ceph•a•lan

Pronunciation: (u-kan"thu-sef'u-lun), [key]
— n.
  1. any parasitic worm of the phylum or class Acanthocephala, having a proboscis covered with recurved hooks.
—adj.
  1. belonging or pertaining to the Acanthocephala.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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