(pŏl′ə-pĕr′ē) also pol·y·par·i·um (pŏl′ə-pâr′ē-əm)
n. pl. pol·y·par·ies also pol·y·par·i·a (-ē-ə)
The supporting framework of a colony of polyps of a cnidarian, especially a coral.
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(ˈpɒlɪpərɪ) or


n, pl -paries or -paria (-ˈpɛərɪə)
(Zoology) the common base and connecting tissue of a colony of coelenterate polyps, esp coral
[C18: from New Latin polypārium; see polyp]
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Sarcophyton colonies possess a conspicuous stalk attached to the substrate, merging into a wider, fleshy, disc-like, polyp-bearing region termed the polypary. The polyps are dimorphic, featuring both autozooids and siphonozooids.
To examine the microanatomy and collagen fibers in colonies of Sarcophyton auritum, samples measuring ~ 4x3 [cm.sup.3] each were removed from the polypary of 8 colonies in the reef (3-5 m) across from the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat (IUI), Israel, northern Gulf of Aqaba (Red Sea) (February-August, 2012).
Upon collection, polypary subsamples of Sarcophyton auritum were immediately frozen at -20 [degrees]C, later defrosted, then placed on ice.
For TEM, subsamples of the polypary were preserved in Kamovsky fixative (Kamovsky, 1965), decalcified, then washed with double-distilled water (DDW) and phosphate buffer.
Cross-sections of the Sarcophyton auritum polypary 2-3 mm below the surface featured a uniformly pale-turquoisestained coenenchyme, found between the autozooids (hereafter termed "polyps") and the siphonozooids (Fig.
As such, it is also reminiscent of the Bovary's decorative polypary as Lawrence Schehr reads it: "an image of homelessness," "an image of the novel itself," "the image of the critical position that corresponds ironically to the 'livre sur rien'" (Schehr 228).