- a sedentary type of animal form characterized by a more or less fixed base, columnar body, and free end with mouth and tentacles, especially as applied to coelenterates.
- an individual zooid of a compound or colonial organism.
- Pathology. a projecting growth from a mucous surface, as of the nose, being either a tumor or a hypertrophy of the mucous membrane.
Origin of polyp
Examples from the Web for polyp
Qatar is just a little spit of land that looks like a polyp on edge of Saudi Arabia.U.S. Ally Qatar Shelters Jihadi Moneymen
December 10, 2014
Coastal construction gives them more places for their polyp stages to colonize.Beware at the Beach, the Jellyfish Rule the Seas and It’s Our Fault
June 20, 2013
A pedantic and self-important “paper architect,” Polyp goes into crisis when his marriage dissolves.
Polyp hops a Greyhound bus and lands in a small rural town, where he talks his way into a job as a car mechanic.
On the 25th of November, 1740, he cut a polyp into sections.
"It is nothing for a polyp only to be spitted," says Trembley.
After a while it settles down, becomes fixed and develops into a polyp.
On a polyp a bud is formed by a hollow outgrowth of the body-wall.
In the substance of this polyp lives a crustacean, the nature of which Mons.Animal Parasites and Messmates
P. J. Van Beneden
- zoology one of the two forms of individual that occur in coelenterates. It usually has a hollow cylindrical body with a ring of tentacles around the mouthCompare medusa (def. 2)
- Also called: polypus pathol a small vascularized growth arising from the surface of a mucous membrane, having a rounded base or a stalklike projection
Word Origin and History for polyp
c.1400, "nasal tumor," from Middle French polype and directly from Latin polypus "cuttlefish," also "nasal tumor," from Greek (Doric, Aeolic) polypos "octopus, cuttlefish," from polys "many" (see poly-) + pous "foot" (see foot (n.)). Etymological sense revived 1742 as a name for hydras and sea anemones (earlier polypus, early 16c.). The Latin word is the source of French poulpe "octopus."
- A usually nonmalignant growth of tissue protruding from the mucous lining of an organ such as the nose, bladder, or intestine, often causing obstruction.polypus
- A cnidarian in its sedentary stage. Polyps have hollow, tube-shaped bodies with a central mouth on top surrounded by tentacles. Some cnidarians, such as corals and sea anemones, only exist as polyps after their larval stage, while others turn into medusas as adults or lack a polyp stage completely. Compare medusa.
- An abnormal growth extending from a mucous membrane, as of the intestine.