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zooid

[ zoh-oid ]
/ ˈzoʊ ɔɪd /
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noun
any organic body or cell capable of spontaneous movement and of an existence more or less apart from or independent of the parent organism.
any animal organism or individual capable of separate existence, and produced by fission, gemmation, or some method other than direct sexual reproduction.
any one of the recognizably distinct individuals or elements of a compound or colonial animallike organism, whether or not detached or detachable.
adjective
Also zo·oi·dal. pertaining to, resembling, or of the nature of an animal.
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Origin of zooid

First recorded in 1850–55; zo- + -oid
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British Dictionary definitions for zooid

zooid
/ (ˈzəʊɔɪd) /

noun
any independent animal body, such as an individual of a coelenterate colony
a motile cell or body, such as a gamete, produced by an organism

Derived forms of zooid

zooidal, adjective
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