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clitellum

Syllabification: cli·tel·lum
Pronunciation: /klīˈteləm
 
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Definition of clitellum in English:

noun (plural clitella /-ˈtelə/)

A raised band encircling the body of oligochaete worms and some leeches, made up of reproductive segments.
Example sentences
  • Differently sized partners were seen stretching or contracting their body between the genital region and the clitellum.
  • The Polychaeta lack a clitellum and have parapodia, paddle-like appendages with numerous bristles or chaetae.
  • A histological examination of the clitellum revealed that damage occurred to both male and female gonads.

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