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One of the distinct individuals of a colonial invertebrate animal, such as a bryozoan, that arise asexually by budding.

zo·oid′al (-oid′l) adj.


1. (Zoology) any independent animal body, such as an individual of a coelenterate colony
2. (Biology) a motile cell or body, such as a gamete, produced by an organism
zoˈoidal adj


(ˈzoʊ ɔɪd)
1. any of the distinct individuals of an animallike compound or colonial organism, as a polyp of a bryozoan.
2. Also, zo•oi′dal. pertaining to, resembling, or of the nature of an animal.
[1850–55; < Greek zôi(on) animal + -oid]
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Noun1.zooid - one of the distinct individuals forming a colonial animal such as a bryozoan or hydrozoanzooid - one of the distinct individuals forming a colonial animal such as a bryozoan or hydrozoan
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
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Each "individual" in the chain, or zooid, is highly specialized to perform a specific--and sometimes deadly--function.
Copepodids and adult females of Sapphirina nigromaculata Claus, 1863 were frequently attached to the chains of nurse and zooid stages of doliolids in the Kuroshio Extension (Takahashi et al.
A single Bryzoan organism is known as a zooid. What is amazing about these zooids is that they can survive as part of a clump or drift away separately to start their asexual cloning to form their own gooey lump.
Response of zooid size in Cupuladria exfragminis (Bryozoa) to simulated upwelling temperatures.
Palleal reproduction involves the formation of a new bud from the peribranchial epithelium of a zooid. Remarkably, in B.
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Solitary ascidians; each zooid enclosed in 2 its own tunic Colonial ascidians; multiple zooids within a 6 common tunic or connected by stolons 2.
This photographically well-documented research report describes the development of an unusual telotroch (the free-swimming, re-colonizing stage) from a zooid that was broken-off from a spasmoneme-bearing, colonial, contractile, stalked Peritrich protozooan.
Siphonophores have gas-filled spheres in the upper zooid of the colony that maintain them permanently and almost effortlessly in suspension.