A class of parasitic flatworms that comprises the tapeworms.
- ‘The Cestoda, or tapeworms, are intestinal parasites in vertebrates, and they also show anatomical and life history modifications for parasitism.’
- ‘We analyze and describe here the complete mitochondrial genome sequence of a platyhelminth, the tapeworm (i.e., class Cestoda) Hymenolepis diminuta, and compare aspects of this genome with those already published.’
- ‘Within the Platyhelminthes, there is little evidence of homology among the amino acid sequences in this region; even within the Cestoda, this region is highly variable.’
- ‘The medically important flatworms are further divided into the flukes and tapeworms (Cestoda).’
Modern Latin (plural), from Latin cestus, from Greek kestos, literally stitched used as a noun in the sense girdle.