Definition of planula in English:

planula

Syllabification: plan·u·la
Pronunciation: /ˈplanyələ
 
/

noun (plural planulae /-ˌlē/)

Zoology
  • A free-swimming coelenterate larva with a flattened, ciliated, solid body.
    More example sentences
    • Fertilized eggs may be brooded for a time or may develop directly into a free-swimming, ciliated planula larva.
    • The planula larva settles on a hermit crab shell and metamorphoses into a primary polyp.
    • The planula larva has very few apoptotic cells.

Origin

late 19th century: modern Latin, diminutive of Latin planus 'plane, flat'.

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