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Nematomorpha Line breaks: Nem¦ato|morpha
Pronunciation: /nɛˌmatəˈmɔːfə/

Definition of Nematomorpha in English:

plural noun

A small phylum that comprises the horsehair worms.
Example sentences
  • They concluded that Gastrotricha is the sister-taxon of a monophyletic clade comprising Nematoda, Nematomorpha, Priapulida, Kinorhyncha and Loricifera.
  • The recently published Ecdysozoa hypothesis suggests a closer relationship of the Scalidophora, Nematode, Nematomorpha, Tardigrada, Onychophora, and Arthropoda.
  • These are the horsehair worms or Nematomorpha and the Gastrotricha.


Pronunciation: /nɛˈmatəmɔːf/
Example sentences
  • Other organisms placed in the Ecdysozoa include kinorhynchs, priapulids, nematomorphs, onychophorans and tardigrades.
  • The Ecdysozoa, all of which molt and lack motile locomotory cilia, include priapulids, kinorhynchs, nematodes, nematomorphs, tardigrades, onychophorans, and arthropods.
  • On the other hand, one species of parasitic nematode can reach 13 meters in length - it parasitizes the sperm whale - and adult nematomorphs, chaetognaths, and some priapulids are also visible to the naked eye.


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek nēma, nēmat- 'thread' + morphē 'form'.

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