- 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
Examples from the Web for polyps
Contemporary Examples of polyps
Follow-up colonoscopies three years hence determined the presence or absence of polyps.
Known as polyps or adenomas, benign tumors in the colon have the potential to become cancerous.
Historical Examples of polyps
The first is called the polypidom, the second is the colony of polyps.
This pore as it opens gives to the polyps the opportunity of coming out.
Here we leave the group of polyps which form united families.
The cells, which are the abode of the polyps, are not always alike in their distribution.
Then one of the polyps becomes enlarged and its form cylindrical.
Word Origin 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."