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Porifera Syllabification: Po·rif·er·a
Pronunciation: /pəˈrifərə/

Definition of Porifera in English:

A phylum of aquatic invertebrate animals that comprises the sponges.
Example sentences
  • Of particular interest in this regard are animals in the early diverging non-bilaterian phyla Porifera, Placozoa, Cnidaria, and Ctenophora.
  • By this usage, the basal metazoans comprise just four phyla (Placozoa, Porifera, Cnidaria, and Ctenophora) and the large clade Bilateria.
  • In contrast to the striking conservation of caspases and bcl - 2 proteins in all animal phyla from Porifera and Cnidaria to mammals, these features of apoptosis are not present in yeast or plants.


Modern Latin (plural), from Latin porus 'pore' + -fer 'bearing'.

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