taeni-, taenio- +

(Greek > Latin: ribbon, band, stripe; tapeworm, tapeworms)

A genus of small intestinal tapeworms of birds, seldom possessing more than 30 segments.

Amoebotaenia cuneata (Amoebotaenia sphenoides) is a species common in domestic fowl; its cysticercoid is developed in earthworms.

taenia (s), taeniae (pl)
1. A band-like anatomical structure.
2. A tapeworm; especially one of the genus Taenia.
Taenia pisiformis
A common tapeworm of dogs, foxes, and other carnivores; the larval form is Cysticercus pisiformis.
Taenia saginata
The beef tapeworm which is considered to be the most common of the big tapeworms that parasitizes people, contracted from infected raw or rare beef.

It can grow to be 12-25 feet (3.6-7.5 m) long in the human intestine. Also known as the African tapeworm.

Taenia solium
The pork tapeworm, a parasite of the human intestine.

Contracted from eating undercooked or "measly pork" (pork infected with the larval forms of the tapeworm).

Taenia solium causes two different diseases: taeniasis and cysticercosis.

Taeniasis develops when the adult tapeworm infests the human intestine.

  • The worm can grow to be 3-6 feet (0.9-1.8 m) long there.
  • It usually causes no symptoms but the host becomes a continuous source of taenia eggs in the feces which may contaminate food.

Cysticercosis develops when people (or pigs) eat food contaminated with taenia eggs.

  • The eggs cross the digestive tract, enter the circulation, and lodge in the tissues (usually the brain or muscles).

The life cycle proceeds as humans ingest undercooked pork containing the cysticercus (larva); at which time the worm emerges and anchors in the intestinal wall, and the worm grows, and becomes a new and continuous source of contamination.

taeniacide, teniacide, tenicide
1. The killing of tapeworms.
2. A substance that is lethal to tapeworms.
taeniae coli
Three thickened tape-like bands of longitudinal muscle fibers that are spread almost equidistant from each other on the surface of the large intestine from the cecum through the sigmoid colon.

As they are shorter than the other coats of the large intestine, they produce the bulging sacculi or haustrations.

taeniafugal, teniafugla, tenifugal
Having the capability of expelling tapeworms.
taeniafuge, teniafuge, tenifuge
An agent able to expel tapeworms.
taenial, tenial
Relating to the genus Taenia or taenia.
taeniasis, teniasis
The disease caused by infestation of the gukt of carnivorous mammals with tapeworms of the genus Taenia, including the beef tapeworm of man, Taenia saginata and the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium.
taeniform, teniform
Shaped like a tapeworm; especially, one of the genus Taenia or similar forms.
An extensive division of gastropod mollusks in which the odontophore is long and narrow, and usually bears seven rows of teeth.

It includes a large number of families both marine and fresh water.

taeniola, teniola
A narrow, band-like structure.
taeniophobia, teniophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
A morbid fear of tapeworms: Janet, suffering from teniophobia, had a horror of the long flat parasites because they could cause serious ailments in the stomach and intestines of animals, or even people.