prostomium

[proh-stoh-mee-uh m]
noun, plural pro·sto·mi·a [proh-stoh-mee-uh] /proʊˈstoʊ mi ə/.
  1. the unsegmented, preoral portion of the head of certain lower invertebrates.

Origin of prostomium

1865–70; < New Latin < Greek prostómion mouth. See pro-2, stoma, -ium
Related formspro·sto·mi·al, adjective
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prostomium

noun plural -mia (-mɪə)
  1. the lobe at the head end of earthworms and other annelids: bears tentacles, palps, etc, or forms part of a sucker or proboscis
Derived Formsprostomial, adjective

Word Origin for prostomium

via New Latin from Greek prostomion mouth
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Word Origin and History for prostomium
n.

1870, Latinized form of Greek prostomion "fore-mouth, something before the mouth," from pro "before" (see pro-) + stoma "mouth" (see stoma).

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