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hemocoel Syllabification: he·mo·coel
Pronunciation: /ˈhēməˌsēl/
(British haemocoel)

Definition of hemocoel in English:


The primary body cavity of most invertebrates, containing circulatory fluid.
Example sentences
  • Arthropods also have a hemocoel, an open body cavity in which blood flows and bathes the tissues and organs.
  • The circulatory system includes a heart that pumps blood into an open body cavity or hemocoel.
  • Other internal organs are suspended in a general hemocoel.


Late 19th century: from hemo- 'of blood' + Greek koilos 'hollow, cavity'.

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