collar cell

noun

: a flagellated endodermal cell that lines the cavity of a sponge and has a contractile protoplasmic cup surrounding the flagellum

called also choanocyte

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of collar cell was circa 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Collar cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collar%20cell. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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