zoon

[ zoh-on ]
/ ˈzoʊ ɒn /

noun, plural zo·a [zoh-uh]. /ˈzoʊ ə/. Biology Rare.

any of the individuals of a compound organism.
any individual, or the individuals collectively, produced from a single egg.

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Origin of zoon

First recorded in 1860–65; from New Latin zōon, from Greek zôion “animal”

OTHER WORDS FROM zoon

zo·on·al [zoh-uh-nl], /ˈzoʊ ə nl/, adjective

Definition for zoon (2 of 2)

-zoon

a combining form meaning “animal,” “organism” of the kind specified by the initial element, often corresponding to zoological class names ending in -zoa, with -zoon used to name a single member of such a class: protozoon.

Origin of -zoon

see origin at zoon
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British Dictionary definitions for zoon (1 of 2)

zoon
/ (ˈzəʊɒn) /

noun plural zoa (ˈzəʊə) or zoons

a less common term for zooid (def. 1)

Derived forms of zoon

zoonal, adjective

Word Origin for zoon

C19: from New Latin, from Greek zōion animal; related to Greek zōē life

British Dictionary definitions for zoon (2 of 2)

-zoon

n combining form

indicating an individual animal or an independently moving entity derived from an animalspermatozoon

Word Origin for -zoon

from Greek zōion animal
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Medical definitions for zoon

-zoon

suff.

Animal; independently moving organic unit:spermatozoon.
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