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scyphistoma

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noun, scy·phis·to·ma \sī-ˈfis-tə-mə\

Definition of scyphistoma

plural scyphistomaeplay \-(ˌ)mē\ also scyphistomas

  1. :  a sexually produced scyphozoan larva that ultimately repeatedly constricts transversely to form free-swimming medusae



Origin of scyphistoma

New Latin, from Latin scyphus cup + Greek stoma mouth — more at stomach


First Known Use: 1861


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