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metazoan

/ (ˌmɛtəˈzəʊən) /
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noun

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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C19: from New Latin Metazoa; see meta-, -zoa
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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.

Scientific definitions for metazoan

metazoan
[ mĕt′ə-zōən ]

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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