Stinging cell


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(Zool.) Same as Lasso cell, under Lasso.

See also: Stinging

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Once discharged, each stinging cell acts as a tiny pump to deliver its content down the needle, also drawing in the active ingredient from the cream.
A spokesperson for Anglesey Sea Zoo said: "If you are unfortunate enough to get stung, as any well experienced diver or marine medic will tell you, the best thing to do is to douse the whole area thoroughly with vinegar as this immediately disables the stinging cells.
Jellyfish have stinging cells, called nematocysts, in their dangling tentacles which fire like mini harpoons, so if you've been stung the first thing to do is check that you don't still have some tentacles attached to your skin.
Jellyfish have tiny stinging cells in their tentacles to stun or paralyse their prey before they eat them.
This occurs when tiny, microscopic sea anemones and baby jellyfish release stinging cells.
Andy Snider, curator of herps and aquatics at Brookfield Zoo, explains that all jellies have tentacles with stinging cells called nematocysts.
The asexual animals have thousands of stinging cells - little capsules loaded with tiny barbed harpoons - that deliver venom to paralyse and kill their prey.
But the Italian Health Ministry said that since no member state had a tradition of eating jellyfish and since the local species appeared biologically distinct from their edible Asian cousins with different toxicity levels and variations in stinging cells, the ministry said all the standard European research and safety-control tests needed to remain in force before a Mediterranean jellyfish could ever appear as a wild-caught delicacy in markets or on restaurant menus.
When they scrap with the Portuguese Man o' War, these strange sea slugs actually eat the Man o' War's poisonous stinging cells. Blue dragons can store the venom in these cells in their finger-like appendages.
They can catch small fish in marine water using stinging cells on their tentacles.
The tentacles (relatively short in the juvenile seen here) arise from eight crescents along the bell's margin and are armed with batteries of stinging cells. When an unsuspecting animal brushes against the cells, it triggers the release of sticky or poisonous filaments that entangle and subdue the animal.