Definition of scolex in US English:

scolex

noun

Zoology
  • The anterior end of a tapeworm, bearing suckers and hooks for attachment.

    • ‘The cysts were sent for histopathologic examination and the contents for cytologic examination for scolices and hooklets.’
    • ‘Rare degenerating scolices and hooklets were sometimes seen.’
    • ‘Over time, the scolex degenerated and the aberrant larval form proliferated.’
    • ‘Posterior to the scolex are segments called proglottids.’
    • ‘However, a developing hydatid cyst up to 5 cm in diameter may not show scolices as they appear about 1 year after infestation.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek skōlēx ‘worm’.

Pronunciation

scolex

/ˈskōˌleks//ˈskoʊˌlɛks/