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(invertebrate zoology)
A larva of tapeworms in the order Cyclophyllidea that has a bladder with a single invaginated scolex.



a larval stage of tapeworms. The cysticercus resembles a cyst whose wall is retracted in one place to form the head; the head has suckers and sometimes hooks. The cysticercus develops from an oncosphere in any organ (frequently in muscles, brain, and eye) of its intermediate host, such as swine and cattle. After entering its definitive host, for example, a human being, the cysticercus protrudes from the cyst and the larva is transformed into an adult worm.

The cysticercus is characteristic of most tapeworms, the pork and beef tapeworms in particular.

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Surgical removal of a subretinal proliferating cysticercus of taeniaeformis crassiceps.
In the brain parenchyma the larva undergoes an orderly life cycle, from cysticercus to involution.
4) Ultrasonography demonstrates Cysticercus organisms as cystic structures with an eccentric nodule that represents a scolex; such a finding is pathognomonic of cysticercosis.
Use of urea (5M) induced tertiary conformations of these proteins improved sero-detection on immune blots of cysticercus antibodies among patients with solitary cyst infections to 71% from 62% using antigens not treated with urea.
Cysticercosis is an important parasitic zoonosis, caused by the infection of Cysticercus cellulosae, the larval stage of Taenia solium.
Christian Gautier BIOS/PHONE Photo Agency Paris, France Scolex (head) of Cysticercus psiformis (tapeworm) (100x) Polarized light 13th Prize Dr.
23) Finally, when the larva dies, the cysticercus becomes calcified, edema lessens, and contrast-enhancement resolves, (24) although there are rare reports of recurrent pericystic edema after calcification (Fig.
The life cycle is completed when humans eat undercooked pork infested with viable cysticerci, and a cysticercus enters the small intestine and develops into an adult tapeworm.
NCC occurs when the cysticercus penetrates the blood-brain barrier into the central nervous system (CNS).
The larval parasite that develops is then called a cysticercus, or bladder worm.
The removed cyst showed the characteristic macroscopic and histologic features of a cysticercus bladder wall (Figure, panels E, F).
In sheep, a major cause of carcass rejection is Cysticercus Ovis: in just one large Welsh abattoir in 2011/12, the equivalent of 275 lambs, weighing 19kg, were rejected due to C.