dipleurula

noun di·pleu·ru·la \ dīˈplu̇r(y)ələ \

Definition of dipleurula

plural dipleurulas \-ləz\ or dipleurulae \-ˌlē\
1 :a hypothetical bilaterally symmetrical echinoderm larva sometimes regarded as a common ancestor of echinoderms and chordates
2 :a larval echinoderm (such as a bipinnaria or an echinopluteus) not used technically

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Origin and Etymology of dipleurula

New Latin, from dipleura bilaterally symmetrical organisms (from di- + -pleura) + -ula


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