- a zoological group comprising the multicellular animals.
Origin of Metazoa
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In the Metazoan body each cell performs, in co-operation with many other similar cells, some one special function or process.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
- any multicellular animal of the group Metazoa : includes all animals except sponges
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Metazoa
Word Origin for metazoan
C19: from New Latin Metazoa; see meta-, -zoa
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- A subdivision of the animal kingdom that includes all multicellular animal organisms having cells that are differentiated and form tissues and organs.
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- 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.
- A multicellular animal. No longer in scientific use.
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