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anthozoan Line breaks: antho|zoan
Pronunciation: /ˌanθəˈzəʊən/

Definition of anthozoan in English:


A member of a large class of marine coelenterates (the Anthozoa), such as a sea anemone or coral.
Example sentences
  • These anthozoans resemble stony corals but lack skeletons.
  • The oldest anthozoans are probably some of the polyp-like and sea pen-like fossils from the Vendian (late Precambrian).
  • In addition to their relevance as model organisms for understanding metazoan evolution, anthozoans are ecologically important.


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Relating to or denoting anthozoans.
Example sentences
  • The origin of such symmetry is not related to the basic anthozoan body plan.
  • Additional evidence for a role for estrogen in anthozoan reproduction comes from measurements of estrogen release into seawater prior to or during spawning events.
  • Therefore, the anthozoan / dinoflagellate association possesses a CCM, including inducible host CA in proportion to the density of zooxanthellae.

Words that rhyme with anthozoan

bryozoan, Goan, hydrozoan, Minoan, protozoan, protozoon, rowan, Samoan, spermatozoon
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