Definition of cyclops
1 plural cyclopesplay \sī-ˈklō-(ˌ)pēz\ capitalized : any of a race of giants in Greek mythology with a single eye in the middle of the forehead
2 plural cyclops [New Latin, genus name, from Latin] : any of a genus (Cyclops) of freshwater predatory copepods having a single median eye
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The molecules, called cyclops and squint, because fish lacking these proteins develop with fused eyes (and a host of other severe abnormalities), act through a protein called Smad2 that transcribes genes specific to these different types of tissue.
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Origin and Etymology of cyclops
Latin, from Greek Kyklōps, from kykl- cycl- + ōps eye
First Known Use: 1513See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of cyclops
1plural cyclopes \sī-ˈklō-(ˌ)pēz\play : an individual or fetus abnormal in having a single eye or the usual two orbits fused
2 capitalized : a genus of minute free-swimming copepods that have a large median eye, a pear-shaped body tapering posteriorly, and long antennules used in swimming, that are widely distributed and abundant in fresh waters, that are important elements in certain aquatic food chains, and that directly affect humans as intermediate hosts of certain parasitic worms—see guinea worm
3plural cyclops : a copepod water flea of the genus Cyclops
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