Definition of Nectonematoidea
: a cosmopolitan order (coextensive with a family Nectonematidae and genus Nectonema) of Nematomorpha comprising marine hairworms with a parasitic stage in various crustaceans, a double row of natatory bristles, and an expansive pseudocoel — compare gordioidea
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Origin and Etymology of nectonematoidea
New Latin, from Nectonemat-, Nectonema (from nect- + -nema) + -oidea
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