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[en-tuh-prok-tuh] /ˌɛn təˈprɒk tə/
a small phylum of invertebrates comprising the entoprocts: considered a subphylum of Bryozoa, from which it is distinguished by having the anus of the polyp near the mouth within the crown of tentacles.
Also called Endoprocta.
Compare Ectoprocta.
Origin of Entoprocta
< New Latin, equivalent to ento- ento- + -procta < Greek -prōkta, neuter plural of -prōktos, adj. derivative of prōktós anus, rectum Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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