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Ostracoda Syllabification: Os·tra·co·da
Pronunciation: /ˌästrəˈkōdə/

Definition of Ostracoda in English:

A class of minute aquatic crustaceans that have a hinged shell from which the antennae protrude, and a reduced number of appendages.
Example sentences
  • Hemoglobins have been described in a select number of crustacean groups, including the Branchiopoda, Ostracoda, Copepoda, Cirrepedia, and Decapoda.
  • Hemoglobin is present in Branchiopoda, Ostracoda, Copepoda, rhizocephalan Cirripedia and one suborder of amphipodan Malacostraca.
  • On the whole the maxillopodan groups Ostracoda and Cirripedia and the Malacostraca have left the most significant fossil records.


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek ostrakōdēs 'testaceous', from ostrakon 'shell'.

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