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[stroh-bahy-luh] /stroʊˈbaɪ lə/
noun, plural strobilae
[stroh-bahy-lee] /stroʊˈbaɪ li/ (Show IPA).
the body of a tapeworm exclusive of the head and neck region.
Compare scolex.
the chain of segments of the larva of a jellyfish in the class Scyphozoa, each segment of which gives rise to a free-swimming medusa.
Origin of strobila
1835-45; < New Latin, orig. coined as a genus name < Greek strobī́lē a plug of lint shaped like a fir cone; see strobilus Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • There are some species which, having no hydroid or strobila state, mature without alternation of generation (metagenesis).

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • But in the case of the strobila we say that it is not changed, but dies, and is no part of the personality of the medusa.

    Life and Habit Samuel Butler
  • The segmentation of the strobila is very indistinct, but the reproductive organs occur at regular intervals.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • strobila, stro-bī′la, n. a discomedusan at the stage succeeding the scyphistoma: a segmented tapeworm.

British Dictionary definitions for strobila


noun (pl) -bilae (-bɪliː)
the body of a tapeworm, consisting of a string of similar segments (proglottides)
a less common name for scyphistoma
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek strobilē plug of lint twisted into a cone shape, from strobilos a fir cone
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strobila in Medicine

strobila stro·bi·la (strō-bī'lə)
n. pl. stro·bi·lae (-lē)
The segmented main body part of the adult tapeworm.

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