polypoid(redirected from polypiform)
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pedunculate polyp (top) and sessile polyp (bottom) in a section of large intestine
1. A body form of a cnidarian, such as a hydra or coral, that is cylindrical in shape, has a mouth usually surrounded by tentacles at one end, and is often attached to something at the other end.
2. A usually nonmalignant growth or tumor protruding from the mucous lining of an organ such as the nose, bladder, or intestine, sometimes causing obstruction.
[Middle English polip, nasal tumor, from Old French polipe, from Latin pōlypus, cuttlefish, nasal tumor, from Greek polupous, poulupous : polu-, poly- + pous, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Pathology) of, relating to, or resembling a polyp
2. (Zoology) (of a coelenterate) having the body in the form of a polyp
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