noun. ribbonlike flatworms that are parasitic in the intestines of humans and other vertebrates.
- class Cestoda
- tape (English)
- tæppe (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
- worm (English)
- worm (Middle English (1100-1500))
Example sentences of the word 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.
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.