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March 03, 1999

How does a tapeworm eat?

The tapeworm is a parasite that feeds on and lives in the intestines of people and animals. It has a slender, flat body made up of segments, according to the World Book Encyclopedia.

A tapeworm has no mouth. Its body walls absorb food from its host. Some tapeworms are less than 1 inch, others may be 30 feet long.

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