choanocyte

[ koh-uh-nuh-sahyt, koh-an-uh- ]

nounZoology.
  1. one of the flagellated cells lining the inner cavity of a sponge, having a collar of protoplasm encircling the base of the flagellum.

Origin of choanocyte

1
1885–90; <Greek choán(ē) funnel + -o- + -cyte

Other words from choanocyte

  • cho·a·no·cyt·al, adjective

Words Nearby choanocyte

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British Dictionary definitions for choanocyte

choanocyte

/ (ˈkəʊənəˌsaɪt) /


noun
  1. any of the flagellated cells in sponges that maintain a flow of water through the body. A collar of protoplasm surrounds the base of the flagellum: Also called: collar cell

Origin of choanocyte

1
C19: from Greek khoanē funnel (from khein to pour) + -cyte

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