Having a spiny head, as one of the Acanthocephala.

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  • Acanthocephalous — A*can tho*ceph a*lous, a. (Zo[ o]l.) Having a spiny head, as one of the Acanthocephala. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acanthocephalous — acan·tho·ceph·a·lous (ə kan″tho sefґə ləs) pertaining to or caused by worms of the phylum Acanthocephala …   Medical dictionary

  • acanthocephalous — …   Useful english dictionary

  • acanthocephalans — n.; n. pl. [Gr. akantha, thorn, spine; kephale, head] A phylum of parasitic pseudocoelomate, bilateral animals distinguished by a generally eversible proboscis with recurved, sclerotized, retractable hooks; commonly called spiny headed worms;… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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