metazoan
noun Etymology: New Latin Metazoa, from meta- + -zoa Date: 1879 any of a group (Metazoa) that comprises all animals having the body composed of cells differentiated into tissues and organs and usually a digestive cavity lined with specialized cells • metazoan adjective

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  • Metazoan — Met a*zo an, n.; pl. {Metazoans}. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Metazoa. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • metazoan — [met΄ə zō′ən] n. 〚< ModL Metazoa (/span> META + ZOA) + AN〛 in some systems of classification, any of the very large subkingdom (Metazoa) made up of all animals whose b …   Universalium

  • metazoan — [met΄ə zō′ən] n. [< ModL Metazoa (< META + ZOA) + AN] in some systems of classification, any of the very large subkingdom (Metazoa) made up of all animals whose bodies, originating from a single cell, are composed of many differentiated… …   English World dictionary

  • metazoan — meta·zo·an zō ən n any of the animals that comprise the taxon Metazoa, that have the body when adult composed of numerous cells differentiated into tissues and organs and usu. a digestive cavity lined with specialized cells, and that usu. include …   Medical dictionary

  • metazoan — 1. noun Any animal that undergoes development from an embryo stage with three tissue layers, namely the ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm. The term applies to all animals except the sponges. 2. ad …   Wiktionary

  • metazoan — meta·zo·an …   English syllables

  • metazoan — /mɛtəˈzoʊən/ (say metuh zohuhn) adjective 1. belonging or relating to the Metazoa, a major division of the animal kingdom comprising all the animals that are composed of many cells. –noun 2. any member of this group. {New Latin, plural of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • metazoan — n. & adj. Zool. n. any animal of the subkingdom Metazoa, having multicellular and differentiated tissues. adj. of or relating to the Metazoans. Etymology: Metazoa f. Gk META + zoia pl. of zoion animal …   Useful english dictionary

  • metazoan Zoology — [ˌmɛtə zəʊən] noun a member of the major division Metazoa, which comprises all animals other than protozoans and sponges. adjective relating to metazoans. Origin from mod. L. Metazoa, from meta (expressing change) + zōia, plural of zōion animal …   English new terms dictionary

  • metazoan disease — a disease caused by metazoan parasites, such as nematodes, cestodes, trematodes, or arthropods …   Medical dictionary

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