[New Latin, from Latin]: the typically free-swimming, bell-shaped, usually sexually-reproducing, solitary or colonial form of a cnidarian (such as an obelia, box jellyfish, or sea nettle) in which nematocyst-studded tentacles arise and hang down from the margin of the nearly transparent, gelatinous bell see jellyfish
Recent Examples on the WebWhat isn’t known is the maximum number of times, if there is a maximum, that a medusa can regenerate, Dr. Pascual Torner said.
Ginger Adams Otis, WSJ, 29 Aug. 2022 The soft, circular body, known as the medusa, rests on the seafloor while just a few short, tentacles float above them.
Hannah Knighton, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2020 Brenneman portrayed half of Billy McBride’s (Billy Bob Thornton) mighty medusa monster Diana Blackwood, a power woman with all the right connections who enjoys microdosing much more than reality.
Rosy Cordero, EW.com, 8 Oct. 2019 Gold explained that the medusa stage represents a quantum leap in complexity.Quanta Magazine, 8 Jan. 2019 The medusa danced before her, flaunting its translucent skirts.
L. S. Asekoff, Harper's magazine, 19 Aug. 2019 Gold thought that genes unique to jellyfish would be active during the transformation from polyp to medusa.Quanta Magazine, 8 Jan. 2019 To go from being a stationary polyp to a floating medusa is almost akin to humans evolving the ability to swim through the air and capture birds with springy, netlike appendages.Quanta Magazine, 8 Jan. 2019 In the 1990s Italian researchers discovered that Turritopsis dorhnii, a jellyfish the size of a pen tip, reverts back and forth from a medusa to a polyp, earning the nickname the immortal jellyfish.National Geographic, 2 Mar. 2016 See More
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