Definition of Metazoa in English:


Syllabification: Met·a·zo·a
Pronunciation: /ˌmetəˈzōə


  • 1A major division of the animal kingdom that comprises all animals other than protozoans and sponges. They are multicellular animals with differentiated tissues.
    • Subkingdom Metazoa, kingdom Animalia
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    • Not only Metazoa, but other multicellular clades such as Fungii and Metaphyta, must also be organized so that their basic body parts-differentiated cell types-are assembled into a hierarchy of functional associations.
    • Now, based on the study with protein molecules, Fungi are regarded as the nearest-neighbor kingdom of the Metazoa, a conclusion which is supported by others.
    • Belt desmosomes are the constituent character of the Epitheliazoa, the next higher taxon above the Porifera within the Metazoa, comprising the taxa Placozoa and Eumetazoa.
  • 1.1 (metazoa) Animals of the Metazoa division.


modern Latin (plural), from meta- (expressing change) + zōia (plural of zōion 'animal').

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