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nematode,

common name for any worm of the phylum NematodaNematoda
, phylum consisting of about 12,000 known species, and many more predicted species, of worms (commonly known as roundworms or threadworms). Nematodes live in the soil and other terrestrial habitats as well as in freshwater and marine environments; some live on the deep
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nematode

[′nem·ə‚tōd]
(invertebrate zoology)
Any member of the Nematoda.
Of or pertaining to the Nematoda.

nematode

any unsegmented worm of the phylum (or class) Nematoda, having a tough outer cuticle. The group includes free-living forms and disease-causing parasites, such as the hookworm and filaria