statoblast

[stat-uh-blast]
noun Zoology.
  1. (in certain bryozoans) an asexually produced group of cells encased in a chitinous covering that can survive unfavorable conditions, as freezing or drought, and germinate to produce a new colony.

Origin of statoblast

1850–55; stato- (combining form of Greek statós standing; akin to status, static) + -blast
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statoblast

noun
  1. zoology an encapsulated bud produced asexually by certain bryozoans that can survive adverse conditions and that gives rise to a new colony
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