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zoon

[zoh-on] /ˈzoʊ ɒn/
noun, plural zoa
[zoh-uh] /ˈzoʊ ə/ (Show IPA).
Biology Rare.
1.
any of the individuals of a compound organism.
2.
any individual, or the individuals collectively, produced from a single egg.
3.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < New Latin zōon < Greek zôion animal
Related forms
zoonal
[zoh-uh-nl] /ˈzoʊ ə nl/ (Show IPA),
adjective

-zoon

1.
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
see zoon
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British Dictionary definitions for zoon

zoon

/ˈzəʊɒn/
noun (pl) zoa (ˈzəʊə), zoons
1.
a less common term for zooid (sense 1)
Derived Forms
zoonal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek zōion animal; related to Greek zōē life

-zoon

combining form
1.
indicating an individual animal or an independently moving entity derived from an animal: spermatozoon
Word Origin
from Greek zōion animal
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Word Origin and History for zoon
n.

1864, from Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo).

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zoon in Medicine

-zoon suff.
Animal; independently moving organic unit: spermatozoon.

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