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madreporite

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noun mad·re·por·ite \ˈma-drə-ˌpȯr-ˌīt\

Definition of madreporite

  1. :  a perforated or porous body that is situated at the distal end of the stone canal in echinoderms



Origin of madreporite

International Scientific Vocabulary madrepore + 1-ite (segment); from the resemblances of the perforations to those of a madrepore


First Known Use: 1877


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