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n. pl. stro·bi·lae (-lē)
A part or structure that buds to form a series of segments, especially:
a. The body of a tapeworm behind the scolex, consisting of a series of proglottids.
b. The stack of disklike segments produced by the polyps of certain jellyfishes, which separates into immature medusae.

[New Latin, from Greek strobilē, twisted plug of lint, from strobilos, pine cone; see strobilus.]

stro·bi′lar adj.


n, pl -bilae (-bɪliː)
1. (Zoology) the body of a tapeworm, consisting of a string of similar segments (proglottides)
2. (Zoology) a less common name for scyphistoma
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek strobilē plug of lint twisted into a cone shape, from strobilos a fir cone]


(stroʊˈbaɪ lə)

n., pl. -lae (-lē).
1. the body of a tapeworm exclusive of the head and neck region.
2. the chain of segments of the larva of a jellyfish in the class Scyphozoa, each segment of which gives rise to a free-swimming medusa.
[1835–45; < New Latin, orig. a genus name < Greek strobilē a cone-shaped plug of lint; see strobilus]
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Three other metacestodes presented a smaller diameter of 2-3 cm, having 21 scolices each, without strobila.
Macroscopic examination of a single, 6-cm portion of unfixed strobila without scolex, obtained from feces, revealed individual proglottids, wider than they were long, and a central rosette-shaped uterus in each proglottid.
Beside these some of the undescribed species of Hymenolepis which main characteristic is strobila (2-5mm length) and scolex bearing 10 hooks was commonly found in duodenum of ducks reported to be transmitted through wild birds.
1A), and a perfectly segmented strobila composed of wide proglottids containing rosette-shaped ovaries filled with eggs (Fig.