nematocyst


nem·a·to·cyst

noun \-ˌsist\

Definition of NEMATOCYST

:  one of the stinging organelles of coelenterates used in catching prey

Origin of NEMATOCYST

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1875

nem·a·to·cyst

noun \ˈnem-ət-ə-ˌsist, ni-ˈmat-ə-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NEMATOCYST

: one of the minute stinging organelles of various coelenterates—called also stinging cell

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