1. tapeworm

noun. ribbonlike flatworms that are parasitic in the intestines of humans and other vertebrates.


  • flatworm
  • taenia
  • echinococcus
  • class Cestoda
  • Cestoda
  • platyhelminth


  • tape (English)
  • tæppe (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • worm (English)
  • worm (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Sentences with tapeworm

1. Noun, singular or mass
A dog that scoots on his rear may be trying to scratch himself; this can be a sign of a tapeworm infestation, since the segments can cause discomfort.

2. Adjective
Collect a sample of the stool and bring it to your veterinarian, who can often identify tapeworm segments on sight, but may also choose to do a fecal examination to confirm infestation.