Dictionary > Taenia solium

Taenia solium

Definition
noun
A tapeworm species of class Cestoda, and is commonly known as the pork tapeworm
Supplement
Taenia solium is a tapeworm species of class Cestoda of phylum Platyhelminthes. It is commonly called pork tapeworm. It is because it can be contracted from undercooked or measly pork infected with the larval forms of T. solium. The larva reaches its maturity at the intestines and can grow to be 3-6 feet (0.9-1.8 m) long in the human intestine. The adult T. solium is hermaphrodite and therefore reproduces through self-fertilization. The eggs are released together with the human feces and may contaminate fodder or vegetation through which the species is able to reach its intermediate host, the pigs, when the latter feed on them. T. solium infection (taeniasis) is most common in parts of Africa. Cysticercosis is also possible when the human host accidentally ingests the embryonated egg. The most severe form is neurocysticercosis wherein the larva encysts in the body of its human host, particularly the brain. Neurocysticercosis may lead to epilepsy.
Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Platyhelminthes
  • Class: Cestoda
  • Order: Cyclophyllidea
  • Family: Taeniidae
  • Genus: Taenia
  • Species: T. solium (Linnaeus, 1758)

Other common name(s):

  • pork tapeworm
  • armed tapeworm
  • measly tapeworm

See also:


You will also like...

Lotic community of algal species
Lotic Communities & Algae

Lotic communities have conditions that are rather harsh for typical plants. Thus, the diversity of plant species in loti..

Circulation
Circulation

The circulatory system is key to the transport of vital biomolecules and nutrients throughout the body. Learn about the ..

DNA molecule
Genetic Control – On and Off Genes

Genes are the blueprint of our bodies, a blueprint that creates a variety of proteins essential to any organism's surviv..

Still freshwater and plants
Still Freshwater & Plants

Plants in lentic habitats have features not found in terrestrial plants. They acquired these features as they adapt to t..

Protein (illustration)
Protein Variety

The sequence of amino acids determines the type of protein. Protein is synthesized according to the sequence of nucleoti..

Evolution of Life - Ancient Earth
Evolution of Life – Ancient Earth

Autotrophs flourished, absorbing carbon and light. Soon after, primitive life forms that could assimilate oxygen thrived..