plural noun Cteno·sto·ma·ta \ˌtenəˈstōmətə\

Definition of Ctenostomata

  1. :  an order of Bryozoa (class Gymnolaemata) having a circle of processes resembling bristles that close the aperture when the tentacles are retracted


\¦tenə¦stämətəs\ adjective


\ˈtenəˌstōm\ noun, plural


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Origin and Etymology of ctenostomata

New Latin, from cten- + -stomata

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a brief usually trivial fact

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