scyphistoma

noun scy·phis·to·ma \ sī-ˈfi-stə-mə \

Definition of scyphistoma

plural scyphistomae play \sī-ˈfi-stə-(ˌ)mē\ also scyphistomas
:a sexually produced scyphozoan larva that ultimately repeatedly constricts transversely to form free-swimming medusae

Origin and Etymology of scyphistoma

New Latin, from Latin scyphus cup + Greek stoma mouth — more at stomach


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