What is the scientific name for tapeworm?

So, you’re curious about tapeworms. Maybe you’ve seen one on TV crawling out of a cow’s nose or heard about someone getting one from sushi (yes, it’s possible). Well, look no further because we have all the juicy details on tapeworms and their scientific name.

What are Tapeworms?

First off, let’s get to know this slimy parasite that can make its home inside your intestines. Simply put (well not so simple) they are flatworm parasites made up of tiny segments called proglottids which contain male and female reproductive organs. They come in various shapes and sizes depending on what species they belong to.


Tapeworms range in size anywhere from barely visible at 0.04 inches long (1mm) all the way up to over 60 feet long! The longest recorded tapeworm was indeed sixty feet – longer than two school buses parked end-to-end!


While some may be thin as a thread or ribbon-like others might resemble more of an earthworm shape with wider flattened middle parts known as strobilae but overall they consist of several small units attached together Did I say ‘small’? Apologies, these buggers produce millions upon millions of offspring each worm in fact carries around between two hundred thousand and can produce up to fifty thousand eggs daily… Yikes!

Where Do You Get Them From?

You may be thinking ‘gross why would anyone want something like THAT inside them?’ But unfortunately human contact with these egg-laden worms is much more common than most realize

How do people get infected?

Most commonly individuals acquire tapeworm infections through consuming raw or under-cooked meat – usually pork beef fish sashimi etc (some types prefer different hosts e.g cestodes live mainly in the intestines of carnivores while digeneans inhabit herbivorous hosts). Infections can also arise from eating food or being exposed to environments that have been contaminated with tapeworm eggs as well through exposure to human and animal feces.

What is their Scientific Name?

So, what do you call these creepy crawlies when you need to be serious? The scientific name for Tapeworms is Cestoda.


The word “cestoda” derives from Greek kestos which means “a girdle,” possibly referring to the ring-like segments of a tapeworm’s body – (as if distinguishing it needed another insulting attribute)

Class System

Within this class there exists over a thousand individual types each classified by certain characteristics such as species size range shape host preferences etc . Some common examples include Taenia saginata beef tapeworm Diphyllobothrium latum fish tapeworm and Echinococcus granulosus dog tapeworm – but don’t let the names fool you they target humans too!

To give you an idea there are three orders: Pseudophyllidea Spathebothriidea Proteocephalidea

Which grant us 16 families including some great-sounding ones like:
– Anoplocephalidae
– Caryophyllaeidae
– Diplocystidae
Also included are approximately 1200 genera!!!

It’s all quite complicated really, so unless your speciality lies in veterinary parasitology just know these suckers aren’t picky about who they choose as their host…

How To Identify Them?

Wondering if you could potentially be carrying one around yourself? While doing anything more than assuming ‘yes’ would advise consulting a medical professional here are some signs that may suggest infestation:

Signs & Symptoms

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Loss of appetite and/or weight loss
  • Nausea/vomiting (better give that sushi a miss)
    Often though many people don’t display any noticeable symptoms whatsoever!

How To Get Rid Of Them?

Unfortunately, getting rid of tapeworms isn’t always as easy as popping a pill. While medication is available to treat tapeworm infestations it’s always best to consult with your health professional who can work out the best options specific for you.


The most commonly used medicines in North America against these creepy crawlies are Praziquantel and Albendazole often given orally which causes activity leading to their detachment from intestinal tissue. These medications however, do not dissolve any eggs left behind

Self Care Remedies

While there is plenty or anecdotal evidence complimenting well-being practices such as colon cleansing diatomaceous earth pumpkin seeds coconut oil etc we advise seeking medical advice before trying our peanut butter eradication method…

Peanut Butter Eradication Method?!

Yes, you heard us right! The process involves smearing peanut butter on toilet paper – then carefully removing them after momentarily sticking around the exposed anus thus hopefully dragging worm segments along with it! – Aside: This should NOT be attempted at home –


So now you’re equipped with all the knowledge needed if ever quizzed on ‘Scientific name for Tapeworm?’ – the Cestoda… Also discovered were some alternative eradication methods but let’s just say modern medicine might have surpassed previous techniques… 🤢

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