[ par-uh-zoh-uhn ]
/ ˌpær əˈzoʊ ən /
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any member of a group of invertebrates comprising the phylum Porifera, the sponges.
of or relating to a parazoan organism.
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British Dictionary definitions for parazoan
/ (ˌpærəˈzəʊən) /
noun plural -zoa (-ˈzəʊə)
any multicellular invertebrate of the group Parazoa, which consists of the sponges (phylum Porifera)Compare metazoan
Word Origin for parazoan
C19: from parazoa, formed on the model of protozoa and metazoa, from para- 1 + Greek zōon animal
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