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Metazoa

[met-uh-zoh-uh]
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noun
  1. a zoological group comprising the multicellular animals.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for metazoan

metazoan

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

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

Metazoa

(mĕt′ə-zōə)
n.
  1. 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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Related formsmet′a•zoan adj. n.
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metazoan in Science

metazoan

[mĕt′ə-zōən]
  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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