Origin of Metazoa

From New Latin, dating back to 1870–75; see origin at meta-, -zoa
Related formsmet·a·zo·an, adjective, nounmet·a·zo·ic, met·a·zo·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for metazoan

Historical Examples of metazoan

  • In the Metazoan body each cell performs, in co-operation with many other similar cells, some one special function or process.

British Dictionary definitions for metazoan


  1. any multicellular animal of the group Metazoa : includes all animals except sponges
adjective Also: metazoic
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Metazoa

Word Origin for metazoan

C19: from New Latin Metazoa; see meta-, -zoa
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metazoan in Medicine


  1. A subdivision of the animal kingdom that includes all multicellular animal organisms having cells that are differentiated and form tissues and organs.
Related formsmet′a•zoan adj. n.
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metazoan in Science


  1. Any of the animals belonging to the subkingdom Metazoa, having a body made up of differentiated cells arranged in tissues and organs. All multicellular animals besides sponges are metazoans.
  2. A multicellular animal. No longer in scientific use.
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