[ gon-uh-fawr, -fohr ]
/ ˈgɒn əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr /

noun Zoology.

an asexually produced bud in hydrozoans that gives rise to the equivalent of a medusa.

Origin of gonophore

First recorded in 1825–35; gono- + -phore

Related forms

gon·o·phor·ic [gon-uh-fawr-ik, -for-] /ˌgɒn əˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-/, go·noph·o·rous [goh-nof-er-uh s] /goʊˈnɒf ər əs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gonophore


/ (ˈɡɒnəʊˌfɔː) /


zoology a polyp in certain coelenterates that bears gonads
botany an elongated structure in certain flowers that bears the stamens and pistil above the level of the other flower parts

Derived Forms

gonophoric (ˌɡɒnəʊˈfɒrɪk) or gonophorous (ɡəʊˈnɒfərəs), adjective
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Medicine definitions for gonophore


[ gŏnə-fôr′ ]


A structure, such as an oviduct, that stores or conducts sex cells.
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Science definitions for gonophore


[ gŏnə-fôr′ ]

A structure bearing or consisting of a reproductive organ or part, such as the one of the buds that produce sperm or eggs on a cnidarian polyp.
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