Definition of coelenteron in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /sēˈlen(t)əˌrän/

noun (plural coelentera /-tərə/)

The central gastric cavity of a coelenterate.
Example sentences
  • The anthozoans are diploblastic animals developing from two epithelial germ cell layers: the ectoderm, facing the seawater, and the endoderm, facing the gastrovascular cavity or coelenteron.
  • The oral tentacles then pass the paralysed prey to the mouth and into the coelenteron for digestion.
  • This means they have just one opening into the coelenteron which serves as both a mouth and an anus.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: coe·len·ter·on

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.