- the cell within which a nematocyst is developed.
Origin of cnidoblast
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Note nodule-like projections above some of the cells; these are stinging cells, or cnidoblasts.
Observe the cnidoblasts of the tentacles and note that many of them have thrown out long whip-like processes (fig. 7, C).
Packed in among these are gland cells, sense cells, and cnidoblasts.
The cnidoblasts are the mother-cells of the nematocysts, each cell producing one nematocyst in its interior.
- zoology any of the cells of a coelenterate that contain nematocysts
C19: from New Latin cnida, from Greek knidē nettle + -blast
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