hexacanth


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hexacanth

[′hek·sə‚kanth]
(invertebrate zoology)
Having six hooks; refers specifically to the embryo of certain tapeworms.
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Depending on water temperature, an embryo (six-hooked oncosphere or hexacanth) is formed within the egg in a few days.
The most commonly involved organs are the liver (75%) and the lung (6) (15.4%), as these act as first and second filter respectively where the hexacanth embryo is most likely to be trapped (1).
Once the eggs reach the stomach, the hexacanth embryos are released.