Definition of proglottid in English:

proglottid

noun

Zoology
  • Each segment in the strobila of a tapeworm, containing a complete sexually mature reproductive system.

    • ‘Posterior to the scolex are segments called proglottids.’
    • ‘Eggs are released by disintegration or rupture of ripened proglottids.’
    • ‘Each segment, or proglottid, may contain as many as 40,000 eggs.’
    • ‘About 10 posterior proglottids from each of five adult cestodes were longitudinally disrupted with sterilized forceps.’
    • ‘Their bodies are long and flat, made up of many segments called proglottids.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek proglōssis, proglōssid- ‘point of the tongue’, based on glōssa, glōtta ‘tongue’ (because of its shape).

Pronunciation

proglottid

/prəʊˈɡlɒtɪd/