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noun Zoology.
  1. the horny or chitinous outer case or covering protecting the soft parts of hydrozoans.
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Origin of perisarc

1870–75; peri- + -sarc < Greek sárx (genitive sarkós) flesh
Related formsper·i·sar·cal, per·i·sar·cous, adjective
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Historical Examples of perisarc

  • The genera are based upon these differences in the perisarc.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • Over the whole exterior a delicate pellicle—the future perisarc—now becomes secreted.

  • It flattens itself out into a disc-like form, becomes divided into four lobes, and covered by a cuticle (perisarc).

British Dictionary definitions for perisarc


  1. the outer chitinous layer secreted by colonial hydrozoan coelenterates, such as species of Obelia
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Derived Formsperisarcal or perisarcous, adjective

Word Origin for perisarc

C19: from peri- + -sarc, from Greek sarx flesh
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