coelenterate

noun
coe·len·ter·ate | \ si-ˈlen-tə-ˌrāt , -rət \

Definition of coelenterate 

: any of a phylum (Cnidaria synonym Coelenterata) of radially symmetrical invertebrate animals including the corals, sea anemones, jellyfishes, and hydroids

called also cnidarian

First Known Use of coelenterate

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coelenterate

ultimately from Greek koilos + enteron intestine — more at inter-

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coelenterate

noun
coe·len·ter·ate | \ si-ˈlent-ə-ˌrāt, -rət \

Medical Definition of coelenterate 

: any invertebrate animal of the phylum Cnidaria

called also cnidarian

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