nematocyst

noun nem·a·to·cyst \ ˈne-mə-tə-ˌsist , ni-ˈma-tə- \

Definition of nematocyst

:one of the stinging organelles of coelenterates used in catching prey

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nematocyst

noun nem·a·to·cyst \ ˈnem-ət-ə-ˌsist , ni-ˈmat-ə- \

medical Definition of nematocyst

:one of the minute stinging organelles of various coelenterates called also stinging cell

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