planarian

[pluh-nair-ee-uh n]
noun Zoology.
  1. any of various free-swimming, mostly freshwater flatworms of the class Turbellaria, having an undulating or sluglike motion: popular in laboratory studies for the ability to regenerate lost parts.

Origin of planarian

1885–60; < New Latin Planari(a) a flatworm genus (noun use of feminine of Late Latin plānārius level, on level ground; taken to mean “flat”; see plane1, -ary + -an
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Examples from the Web for planarian

Historical Examples of planarian

  • The planarian worms that I have just been telling about are monsters.

    Natural Wonders

    Edwin Tenney Brewster

  • Its like the extra legs and tails on the lizard, and the extra heads on the planarian.

    Natural Wonders

    Edwin Tenney Brewster

  • Instead, much like the planarian cut in halves, it forms a whole animal, half size.

    Natural Wonders

    Edwin Tenney Brewster

  • Flat against the stone and not easily perceived may be a chiton, a planarian worm, or a nudibranch.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • It is now nearly forty years since the presence of chlorophyl in certain species of planarian worms was recognized by Schultze.


British Dictionary definitions for planarian

planarian

noun
  1. any free-living turbellarian flatworm of the mostly aquatic suborder Tricladida, having a three-branched intestine

Word Origin for planarian

C19: from New Latin Plānāria type genus, from Late Latin plānārius level, flat; see plane 1
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planarian in Science

planarian

[plə-nârē-ən]
  1. Any of various small, chiefly freshwater flatworms of the class Turbellaria, having soft, broad, ciliated bodies shaped like a leaf. Planarians have a mouth on their lower side that is often closer to the tail than the head, and a three-branched digestive cavity. If a planarian is cut into several pieces, each piece can grow into a whole new organism.
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