[ tahr-di-greyd ]
/ ˈtɑr dɪˌgreɪd /
belonging or pertaining to the phylum Tardigrada.
slow in pace or movement.
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British Dictionary definitions for tardigrade
/ (ˈtɑːdɪˌɡreɪd) /
any minute aquatic segmented eight-legged invertebrate of the phylum Tardigrada, related to the arthropods, occurring in soil, ditches, etcPopular name: water bear
of, relating to, or belonging to the Tardigrada
Word Origin for tardigrade
C17: via Latin tardigradus, from tardus sluggish + gradī to walk
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Scientific definitions for tardigrade
[ tär′dĭ-grād′ ]
Any of various slow-moving, minute invertebrates of the phylum Tardigrada. Tardigrades have a head and four fused body segments, each of which has a pair of stubby legs ending in claws. They live in water, damp moss, flower petals, or sand, and are usually 1 mm (0.04 inches) or less in size. Tardigrades are able to resist extremely low temperature, pressure, and humidity, and go into dormant states for months or years. They are believed to be intermediate in evolutionary development between annelids and arthropods. Also called water bear
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