One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to a group of flukes that are chiefly external or gill parasites of fish and only require a single host.Compare with digenean
- ‘Unionicolid mites and monogenean trematodes are often found feeding upon the mantle and branchial tissue.’
A monogenean fluke.
- ‘Unlike monogeneans, trematodes have no opisthoaptor; instead, they are characterized by one or two suckers.’
- ‘These peptides and FMRFamide excite the muscle cells and fibers of tubellarians, digeneans, and monogeneans.’
1960s: from modern Latin Monogenea (from Greek monos ‘single’ + genea ‘generation’) + -an.
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