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leech

A specialized ringed worm related to the earthworms; body highly contractile, usually with a sucker at each end; many are blood-feeders on vertebrate hosts, others are predators of invertebrates; found in aquatic and damp terrestrial habitats. One species was used in early medicine for ‘bleeding’ patients suffering from various illnesses. (Phylum: Annelida. Subclass: Hirudinea.)

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