Definition of Bryozoa in English:


plural noun

  • A phylum of sedentary aquatic invertebrates that comprises the moss animals.

    Also called Ectoprocta, Polyzoa
    • ‘This pattern is typical of most Porifera, Cnidaria, Bryozoa with coronate larvae, colonial Ascidiacea and many polychaetes.’
    • ‘An intermediate approach was developed to describe colonial forms of Bryozoa generated through iteration of second-order modular units.’
    • ‘They are lophophorates, and so are related to the Bryozoa and Phoronida.’
    • ‘It is important to note here a major difference in morphology affecting regeneration in cheilostomes and cyclostome Bryozoa, such as those described by Ostrovsky.’
    • ‘It should be noted that ‘deuterostomy’ (the anus developmentally proceeding the mouth) is not unique to Deuterostomia, but is also found in Bryozoa, Brachiozoa and Chaetognatha.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek bruon ‘moss’ + zōia ‘animals’.