nematocyst

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

Definition of nematocyst

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

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

Medical Definition of nematocyst

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


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