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entoproct

[en-tuh-prokt]
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noun Zoology.
  1. any of various sessile, chiefly marine, mosslike animals of the phylum Entoprocta (formerly a subphylum of Bryophyta), occasionally solitary polyps but usually forming branching colonies, each individual polyp having an almost closed ring of tentacles within which lie the mouth and anus.
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adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the phylum Entoprocta.
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Compare ectoproct.

Origin of entoproct

First recorded in 1935–40; see origin at Entoprocta
Also called endoproct.
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