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Entoprocta

[ en-tuh-prok-tuh ]
/ ˌɛn təˈprɒk tə /
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noun

a small phylum of invertebrates comprising the entoprocts: considered a subphylum of Bryozoa, from which it is distinguished by having the anus of the polyp near the mouth within the crown of tentacles.

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Origin of Entoprocta

<New Latin, equivalent to ento-ento- + -procta<Greek -prōkta, neuter plural of -prōktos, adj. derivative of prōktós anus, rectum
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