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choanocyte (ˈkəʊənəˌsaɪt



  1. any of the flagellated cells in sponges that maintain a flow of water through the body. A collar of protoplasm surrounds the base of the flagellum. Also called: : collar cell

Word Origin

C19: from Greek khoanē funnel (from khein to pour) + -cyte


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