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statoblast

[stat-uh-blast]
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noun Zoology.
  1. (in certain bryozoans) an asexually produced group of cells encased in a chitinous covering that can survive unfavorable conditions, as freezing or drought, and germinate to produce a new colony.

Origin of statoblast

1850–55; stato- (combining form of Greek statós standing; akin to status, static) + -blast
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Examples from the Web for statoblast

Historical Examples

  • The air-cells are unusually large and extend over a great part of the dorsal surface of the statoblast.

    Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa

    Nelson Annandale

  • Oka has described the development from the statoblast of the allied Japanese species.


British Dictionary definitions for statoblast

statoblast

noun
  1. zoology an encapsulated bud produced asexually by certain bryozoans that can survive adverse conditions and that gives rise to a new colony
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