plural noun

: a suborder of the order Hydroida or in some classifications a separate order of Hydrozoa comprising coelenterates in which the hydranths and the productive zooids are protected by a theca, the medusae bear gonads on the radial canals, and the lithocysts when present are of ectodermal origin
adjective or noun

Word History


New Latin, from lept- + medusae (plural of medusa)

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“Leptomedusae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Leptomedusae. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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