- belonging or pertaining to the Cyclostomata, a subclass of jawless, eellike, marine vertebrates of the class Agnatha, comprising the lampreys and hagfishes.
- having a circular mouth.
- a cyclostome vertebrate; a lamprey or hagfish.
Origin of cyclostome
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In the amphioxus, as has been said, the cranio-spinal axis alone exists; the Cyclostome fishes are but a step higher.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)
John William Draper
The cyclostome fishes have, so far, been discovered only in Scotland, in the tiny Palaeospondylus.
- any primitive aquatic jawless vertebrate of the class Cyclostomata, such as the lamprey and hagfish, having a round sucking mouth and pouchlike gills
- of, relating to, or belonging to the class Cyclostomata
Also called: marsipobranch
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- Any of various jawless fish of the order Cyclostomata, having a long, eellike body without scales, a cartilaginous skeleton, and a disklike mouth used for sucking juices from prey. Cyclostomes include the hagfish and lampreys, although some scientists classify these two groups as separate orders.
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