parazoan

parazoan

[par-uh-zoh-uhn] Zoology.
noun
1.
any member of a group of invertebrates comprising the phylum Porifera, the sponges.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to a parazoan organism.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin parazo(a) (see para-1, -zoa) + -an

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parazoan (ˌpærəˈzəʊən)
 
n , pl -zoa
Compare metazoan any multicellular invertebrate of the group Parazoa, which consists of the sponges (phylum Porifera)
 
[C19: from parazoa, formed on the model of protozoa and metazoa, from para-1 + Greek zōon animal]

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