statoblast

noun
stato·​blast | \ ˈsta-tə-ˌblast How to pronounce statoblast (audio) \

Definition of statoblast

1 : a bud in a freshwater bryozoan that overwinters in a chitinous envelope and develops into a new individual in spring

Examples of statoblast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zooids are hermaphroditic but spread thanks to statoblasts, a clump of cells found on the organism that can reproduce asexually if broken off from the colony. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Mysterious, Brain-Like Blob Found in Lagoon," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of statoblast

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Statoblast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statoblast. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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