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siphon

si·phon

also sy·phon (sī′fən)
n.
1. A tube that carries a liquid from a higher level up and over a barrier and then down to a lower level, with the flow maintained by gravity and atmospheric pressure as long as the tube remains filled.
2. Zoology A tubular organ, especially of aquatic invertebrates such as squids or clams, by which water is taken in or expelled.
v. si·phoned, si·phon·ing, si·phons also sy·phoned or sy·phon·ing or sy·phons
v.tr.
1. To draw off or convey (a liquid) through a siphon.
2. To take or transfer (something), often illicitly: siphon money from an account; siphon customers from a competitor.
v.intr.
To pass through a siphon.

[Middle English, from Latin sīphō, sīphōn-, from Greek sīphōn.]

si′phon·al, si·phon′ic adj.
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Total SL (in centimeters converted to millimeters) for individuals was measured between the anterior end of the siphonal canal and the posterior end of the spire using large Vernier calipers (SL range, 170-255 mm), whereas LT (in millimeters) was measured along the flared outer lip of the posterior half of the aperture using small Vernier calipers (LT range, 2-42 mm).