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[fahy-suh-klis-tuh s]
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adjective Ichthyology.
  1. having the air bladder closed off from the mouth.
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Origin of physoclistous

1885–90; < New Latin Physoclist(i) genus name (< Greek phȳso- physo- + kleistoí, plural of kleistós shut, verbid of kleíein to shut) + -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for physoclistous


  1. (of fishes) having an air bladder that is not connected to the alimentary canalCompare physostomous
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek phusa bladder + -clistous, from kleistos closed
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