- 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.
Origin of polyp
OTHER WORDS FROM polyppol·yp·ous, adjective
How to use polyp in a sentence
LATimes Report: Jon Hamm to undergo throat surgery for vocal cord polyps.Emmy Awards Score Ratings High, Jon Hamm May Undergo Surgery|Culture Team|September 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Follow-up colonoscopies three years hence determined the presence or absence of polyps.Can Taking Aspirin Once a Day Reduce Risk of Cancer, Stroke, and More?|Anneli Rufus|March 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Regular aspirin use reduces the risk of colon polyps by 19 percent.Can Taking Aspirin Once a Day Reduce Risk of Cancer, Stroke, and More?|Anneli Rufus|March 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Known as polyps or adenomas, benign tumors in the colon have the potential to become cancerous.Can Taking Aspirin Once a Day Reduce Risk of Cancer, Stroke, and More?|Anneli Rufus|March 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The rainbow of life in a coral reef is founded on the partnership between polyps and algae.Here on Earth, The Forgotten Founding Father, and Other Reviews|The Daily Beast|April 30, 2011|DAILY BEAST
We find exquisitely delicate structures, some inhabited by simple hydra-like polyps, others by more organised kinds.The Land of Fire|Mayne Reid
He recognised the Keimfleck in the ova of many classes of animals from mammals to polyps.Form and Function|E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
Most of the polyps form stocks (cormi), the individuals shooting out buds which remain joined to the mother animal.
Three kinds of zoids, polyps, or hydranthsas they are indiscriminately calledare attached to the stem.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
Self-cleavage is also found among the higher multicellular organisms—namely, the cnidaria (polyps, medus).