Definition of Ectoprocta in English:

Ectoprocta

Line breaks: Ecto|procta
Pronunciation: /ˌɛktə(ʊ)ˈprɒktə
 
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noun

Zoology
  • another term for Bryozoa.
    More example sentences
    • In our original description the Cycliophora was related to the Entoprocta and Ectoprocta on the basis of ultrastructual research.
    • In the original description we stated that the Cycliophora are related to Entoprocta / Ectoprocta.
    • The internal anatomy is relatively simple, with a U-shaped gut and the anus located outside the ciliated feeding apparatus, a similar arrangement to that found in Ectoprocta and some sessile rotifers.

Derivatives

ectoproct

noun
More example sentences
  • A number of groups, such as phoronids, ectoprocts and entoprocts, bear horseshoe-shaped tentacle rings and ‘U’ shaped digestive tracts.
  • The body, similar to the zooid of ectoprocts and entoprocts, comprises a cupulate section with a robust attachment.
  • The group Lophophorata contains three animal phyla - brachiopods, phoronids, and ectoprocts - all of which bear a ciliated, tentacular feeding apparatus called a lophophore.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from ektos 'outside or external' + prōktos 'anus'.

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