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Hookworm - close-up of the organism

Hookworm - close-up of the organism

Overview

This is the mouth part of the hookworm Ancyclostoma duodenale. The hookworm uses sharp, curved cutting plates to attach to the lining of the intestine where it sucks blood for nourishment. (Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

Update Date 12/7/2014