/ (ˌmɛtəˈzəʊən) /
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any multicellular animal of the group Metazoa : includes all animals except sponges
adjective Also: metazoic
of, relating to, or belonging to the Metazoa
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Word Origin for metazoan
C19: from New Latin Metazoa; see meta-, -zoa
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Example sentences from the Web for metazoan
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
Scientific definitions for metazoan
[ mĕt′ə-zō′ən ]
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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