Definition of strobila in English:

strobila

Syllabification: stro·bi·la
Pronunciation: /strəˈbīlə
 
/

noun (plural strobilae /-lē/)

Zoology
  • 1The segmented part of the body of a tapeworm that consists of a long chain of proglottids.
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    • The youngest portion of the strobila is just behind the neck, while the oldest portion is at the posterior end of the body.
    • The strobila is made up of anywhere from a few to more than one thousand proglottids but usually contains several dozen.
    • Worms, recovered by chemotherapy with niclosamide, consisted of 32 strobilae.
  • 2A stack of immature larval jellyfish formed on a sessile polyplike form by sequential budding.
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    • The strobila may look like a stack of saucers, the saucers being the immature medusae called ephyrae.
    • This slide shows the late strobila stage of the jellyfish Aurelia.

Derivatives

strobilation

Pronunciation: /ˌstrōbəˈlāSHən/
noun
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  • Collectively, these studies indicate that iodinated organic compounds, such as thyroxine, can affect strobilation and mineralization in cnidarians.
  • A temperature drop from 15 to 10° induces strobilation of polyps of Aurelia aurita from the North Sea.
  • This species reproduces through strobilation, similar to most other jellies, but with varying seasonality.

Origin

mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek strobilē 'twisted plug of lint', from strephein 'to twist'.

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