1. A long flexible snout, such as that of a tapir or an elephant. 2. In teratology, a cylindric protuberance of the face that, in cyclopia or ethmocephaly, represents the nose. [G. proboskis, a means of providing food, fr. pro- + boskein, to feed]

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pro·bos·cis prə-'bäs-əs, -kəs n, pl -bos·cis·es also -bos·ci·des -'bäs-ə-.dēz any of various elongated or extensible tubular organs or processes esp. of the oral region of an invertebrate: as
a) a sucking organ of insects (as houseflies or mosquitoes) that is often also adapted for piercing
b) one of the complex protrusible holdfasts on the scolex of certain tapeworms

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pro·bos·cis (pro-bosґis) [pro- + Gr. boskein to feed, graze] any tubular process or structure of the head or snout of an animal, usually used in feeding.

Medical dictionary. 2011.


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  • proboscis — [pʀɔbɔsis] n. m. ÉTYM. 1906, in Rev. gén. des sc., no 21, p. 955; mot lat., du grec. → Proboscide. ❖ ♦ Sc. nat. Organe en forme de trompe, chez certains insectes. || « On appelle proboscis la partie allongée de l appareil buccal des insectes :… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • proboscis — (n.) c.1600, elephant s trunk, from L. proboscis (Pliny), from Gk. proboskis elephant s trunk, lit. means for taking food, from pro forward (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + boskein to nourish, feed, from boskesthai graze, be fed, from stem *bot (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

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