Definition of Trematoda in English:

Trematoda

plural noun

Zoology
  • A class of flatworms that comprises those flukes that are internal parasites. The monogenean flukes are sometimes also placed in this class.

    See fluke (sense 1)
    • ‘The medically important flatworms are further divided into the flukes (Trematoda) and tapeworms (Cestoda).’
    • ‘Coregonus hoyi is heavily parasitized, with common parasites including: Botriochocephalidae, Nematoda, Trematoda, Cestoda, Acanthocephala.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, we found it in a highly conserved form also in a human parasite Schistosoma japonicum (Trematoda).’
    • ‘The Trematoda, or flukes, are all parasitic, and have complex life cycles specialized for parasitism in animal tissues.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek trēmatōdēs ‘perforated’, from trēma ‘hole’.

Pronunciation

Trematoda

/ˌtrɛməˈtəʊdə/