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scyphistoma

[sahy-fis-tuh-muh] /saɪˈfɪs tə mə/
noun, plural scyphistomae [sahy-fis-tuh-mee] /saɪˈfɪs təˌmi/ (Show IPA), scyphistomas.
1.
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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  • After a period of growth, a scyphistoma divides transversely to become a strobila that resembles a stack of discs.
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scyphistoma

/saɪˈfɪstəmə/
noun (pl) -mae (-ˌmiː), -mas
1.
a sessile hydra-like individual representing the polyp stage of scyphozoans. It produces forms which become free-swimming jellyfish
Word Origin
C19: from Greek skuphos cup + stoma
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