scyphistoma

[sahy-fis-tuh-muh]
noun, plural scyphistomae [sahy-fis-tuh-mee] , scyphistomas.
a stage in the life cycle of a jellyfish or other scyphozoan when it is fixed in place and reproduces asexually to produce free-swimming medusas.
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scyphistoma (saɪˈfɪstəmə)
 
n , pl -mae, -mas
a sessile hydra-like individual representing the polyp stage of scyphozoans. It produces forms which become free-swimming jellyfish
 
[C19: from Greek skuphos cup + stoma]

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After a period of growth, a scyphistoma divides transversely to become a strobila that resembles a stack of discs.
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