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Dipylidium caninum

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Dipylidium caninum

The commonest species of dog tapeworm, the double-pored tapeworm, the larvae of which are harbored by dog fleas or lice; the worm occasionally infects humans, especially children licked by dogs that have recently nipped infected fleas, some dogs that have tapeworms can get infected with cruckets because crickets eat off of tapeworm segments.

Origin: g. Dipylos, with two entrances; L. Ntr. Of caninus, pertaining to canis, dog