cnidoblast


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cnidoblast

(ˈnaɪdəʊˌblɑːst; ˈknaɪ-)
n
(Zoology) zoology any of the cells of a coelenterate that contain nematocysts
[C19: from New Latin cnida, from Greek knidē nettle + -blast]
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In the hydrozoan man-o'-war Physalia, where the ultrastructure of the cnidoblast has been studied in detail (Cormier and Hessinger, 1980), the cnidocil complex is composed of a large, central kinocilium surrounded by a ring of inward-leaning stereocilia.
Around the gastrozooid there are polyps specialized in reproduction (gonozooids), and between them at the type of the umbel, are circles of polyps specialized in defense (dactylozooids), arm-ed with many cnidoblasts borne in small spheres that may completely cover the specimen.
The development of the cnidoblasts of Hydra [sic]: an electron microscope study of cell differentiation.