[ stroh-bahy-luh ]
/ stroʊˈbaɪ lə /
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noun, plural stro·bi·lae [stroh-bahy-lee]. /stroʊˈbaɪ li/. Zoology.
the body of a tapeworm exclusive of the head and neck region.Compare scolex.
the chain of segments of the larva of a jellyfish in the class Scyphozoa, each segment of which gives rise to a free-swimming medusa.
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Origin of strobila

1835–45; <New Latin, originally coined as a genus name <Greek strobī́lē a plug of lint shaped like a fir cone; see strobilus
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How to use strobila in a sentence

  • There are some species which, having no hydroid or strobila state, mature without alternation of generation (metagenesis).

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
  • Strobila, stro-bī′la, n. a discomedusan at the stage succeeding the scyphistoma: a segmented tapeworm.

  • But in the case of the strobila we say that it is not changed, but dies, and is no part of the personality of the medusa.

    Life and Habit|Samuel Butler
  • The segmentation of the strobila is very indistinct, but the reproductive organs occur at regular intervals.

    Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for strobila

/ (ˈstrəʊbɪlə) /

noun plural -bilae (-bɪliː)
the body of a tapeworm, consisting of a string of similar segments (proglottides)
a less common name for scyphistoma

Word Origin for strobila

C19: from New Latin, from Greek strobilē plug of lint twisted into a cone shape, from strobilos a fir cone
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Medical definitions for strobila

[ strō-bīlə ]

n. pl. stro•bi•lae (-lē)
The segmented main body part of the adult tapeworm.
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