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leptocephalus

[lep-tuh-sef-uh-luh s] /ˌlɛp təˈsɛf ə ləs/
noun, plural leptocephali
[lep-tuh-sef-uh-lahy] /ˌlɛp təˈsɛf əˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a colorless, transparent, flattened larva, especially of certain eels and ocean fishes.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < New Latin; see lepto-, -cephalous
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Examples from the web for leptocephalus
  • Eggs hatch into a brief pre-larval stage before transformation into the active leptocephalus stage.
  • There are several life stages for the eel beginning with the larval form or leptocephalus stage.
British Dictionary definitions for leptocephalus

leptocephalus

/ˌlɛptəʊˈsɛfələs/
noun (pl) -li (-ˌlaɪ)
1.
the slender transparent oceanic larva of eels of the genus Anguilla that migrates from its hatching ground in the Caribbean to European freshwater habitats
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leptocephalus in Medicine

leptocephalus lep·to·ceph·a·lus (lěp'tə-sěf'ə-ləs)
adj. pl. lep·to·ceph·a·li (-lī')
Having an abnormally small head.

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