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noun Zoology.
  1. the cell within which a nematocyst is developed.
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Origin of cnidoblast

First recorded in 1880–85; cnido- + -blast
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Historical Examples of cnidoblasts

  • Note nodule-like projections above some of the cells; these are stinging cells, or cnidoblasts.

    Elementary Zoology, Second Edition

    Vernon L. Kellogg

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for cnidoblasts


  1. zoology any of the cells of a coelenterate that contain nematocysts
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Word Origin for cnidoblast

C19: from New Latin cnida, from Greek knidē nettle + -blast
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