en·​do·​style ˈen-dō-ˌstī(-ə)l How to pronounce endostyle (audio)
: a pair of parallel longitudinal folds projecting into the pharyngeal cavity in lower chordates (such as the tunicates) that secrete mucus for trapping food particles

Examples of endostyle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike spiders that spin their feeding webs, these grazers have a special organ, called an endostyle, that secretes their mucous mesh. Kelly Sutherland, Smithsonian, 3 May 2018

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary end- + Greek stylos pillar — more at steer

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of endostyle was in 1854

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“Endostyle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endostyle. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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