hemocoel

noun
he·​mo·​coel | \ ˈhē-mə-ˌsēl How to pronounce hemocoel (audio) \

Definition of hemocoel

: a body cavity (as in arthropods or some mollusks) that contains blood or hemolymph and functions as part of the circulatory system

Examples of hemocoel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the digestive system—which is unusually extensive in sea spiders, running down each leg—was contracting in waves, moving food in the gut as well as blood in the surrounding hemocoel cavity, the spider equivalent of veins and arteries. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of hemocoel

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Hemocoel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemocoel. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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hemocoel

noun
he·​mo·​coel
variants: also hemocoele or chiefly British haemocoele \ ˈhē-​mə-​ˌsēl How to pronounce hemocoel (audio) \

Medical Definition of hemocoel

: a body cavity (as in arthropods or some mollusks) that normally contains blood and functions as part of the circulatory system

Other Words from hemocoel

hemocoelic or chiefly British haemocoelic \ ˌhē-​mə-​ˈsē-​lik How to pronounce hemocoel (audio) \ adjective

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