Definition of Entoprocta in English:

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Entoprocta

Pronunciation: /ˌen(t)əˈpräktə/
Zoology
A small phylum of sedentary aquatic invertebrates that resemble moss animals. They have a rounded body on a long stalk, bearing a ring of tentacles for filtering food from the water.
Example sentences
  • In our original description the Cycliophora was related to the Entoprocta and Ectoprocta on the basis of ultrastructural research.
  • Cycliophora was originally allied to the Entoprocta and Ectoprocta based on ultrastructual research.
  • In the original description we stated that the Cycliophora are related to Entoprocta / Ectoprocta.

Derivatives

entoproct

Pronunciation: /ˈentəˌpräkt/
noun
Example sentences
  • It supports a number of unlikely associations - entoprocts with nemerteans, phoronid with annelids, and pogonophorans with gastropod mollusks.
  • The body cavity nature varies considerably in these phyla, from complete absence of body cavity in the entoprocts and gastrotrichs to the priapulid body cavity that is actually interpreted as a true coelom by some authors.
  • His close association of entoprocts and ectoprocts is not supported by molecular data although both groups fall within the Lophotrochozoa clade.

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek entos 'within' + prōktos 'anus', the anus being within the ring of tentacles.

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Syllabification: En·to·proc·ta

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