Definition of polystome in English:

polystome

adjective

Zoology
  • Having several mouths or mouthlike structures; polystomatous; specifically designating or relating to a monogenean trematode of the family Polystomatidae, characterized by several suckers.

noun

Zoology
  • An animal, especially an invertebrate, having many or several mouths or mouthlike parts; specifically a polystome trematode.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From scientific Latin Polystoma from ancient Greek πολύστομος many-mouthed from πολυ- + -στόμα mouth; compare -stome. Compare French polystome.

Pronunciation

polystome

/ˈpɒlɪstəʊm/