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The larval stage of trematode worms such as schistosomes. These are tiny tadpole-shaped, free-swimming creatures that invade and develop in the tissues of the intermediate hosts, freshwater mollusks, from which they emerge and become free-swimming again when developed to the stage when they can invade the definitive host, warm-blooded mammals such as humans.

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