Definition of Gastrotricha in English:

Gastrotricha

Syllabification: Gas·trot·ri·cha
Pronunciation: /gasˈträtrikə
 
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Zoology
A small phylum of minute aquatic wormlike animals that bear bristles and cilia. They are thought to be related to the nematode worms and rotifers.
More example sentences
  • These are the horsehair worms or Nematomorpha and the Gastrotricha.
  • With the two examples from Nematomorpha and Gastrotricha I aimed to exemplify these interconnections and show gaps in knowledge that are mainly due to the evaluation of nematomorphs and gastrotrichs as ‘lesser known groups.’
  • Furthermore they have several plesiomorphic characters, such as a myoepitheal pharyngeal bulb, comparable to the other Cycloneuralia, especially the Nematoda and Gastrotricha.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Greek gastēr, gastr- 'stomach' + thrix, trikh- 'hair'.

Derivatives

gastrotrich

Pronunciation: /ˈgastrəˌtrik/
noun
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  • The body cavity nature varies considerably in these phyla, from complete absence of body cavity in the entoprocts and gastrotrichs to the priapulid body cavity that is actually interpreted as a true coelom by some authors.
  • Furthermore, the micrognathozoans have two rows of multiciliated cells that forms a locomotory organ, similar to that in some gastrotrichs and interstitial annelids.
  • With the two examples from Nematomorpha and Gastrotricha I aimed to exemplify these interconnections and show gaps in knowledge that are mainly due to the evaluation of nematomorphs and gastrotrichs as ‘lesser known groups.’

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