choanocyte


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cho·an·o·cyte

 (kō-ăn′ə-sīt′)
n.
One of a layer of flagellated cells lining the body cavity of a sponge and characterized by a collar of cytoplasm surrounding the flagellum. Also called collar cell.

[Greek khoanē, funnel (from khein, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots) + -cyte.]

choanocyte

(ˈkəʊənəˌsaɪt)
n
(Zoology) 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
[C19: from Greek khoanē funnel (from khein to pour) + -cyte]
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Noun1.choanocyte - any of the flagellated cells in sponges having a collar of cytoplasm around the flagellumchoanocyte - any of the flagellated cells in sponges having a collar of cytoplasm around the flagellum; they maintain a flow of water through the body
flagellated cell - any cell or one-celled organism equipped with a flagellum
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Amazingly, half of the sponge's choanocyte (filtration) cells had divided and the choanocyte's cell division cycle was a phenomenally short 5.
And a patch inside one of the tubes has pits encircled by raised collars, resembling cells called choanocytes that move water through sponges.
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