Definition of metazoan in English:

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metazoan

Pronunciation: /ˌmedəˈzōən/
Zoology

noun

An animal of the Metazoa division.
Example sentences
  • Sponges and diploblasts (cnidarians and ctenophores) are basal to the triploblastic metazoans.
  • Conflicting evidence on the position of brachiopods in metazoan phylogeny exists.
  • It even remained unclear if Porifera share one common ancestor with other metazoan phyla.

adjective

Relating to or denoting metazoans.
Example sentences
  • They remain the most mysterious parts of metazoan history.
  • Dashed lines represent an amalgam of three conservative estimates of the inferred metazoan phylogeny.
  • Conflicting evidence on the position of brachiopods in metazoan phylogeny exists.

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Syllabification: met·a·zo·an

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