Definition of statoblast in English:

statoblast

noun

Zoology
  • (in bryozoans) a resistant reproductive body produced asexually.

    • ‘These cell masses, known as statoblasts, remain dormant for some time and can withstand drying and freezing; when conditions are favorable, the statoblasts germinates and forms a new zooid.’
    • ‘Once the valves of the statoblast fall away, the young colonies can be transferred into large aquaria.’
    • ‘Genetic changes within freshwater bryozoan populations suggest temporal gene flow from statoblast banks’
    • ‘In sorting through the sample, I select out the statoblasts that look like they have begun to swell a bit.’
    • ‘Horse-shoe shaped lophophore… No fossil record except for a few statoblasts (resistant wintering structures) from Quaternary sediments.’

Pronunciation:

statoblast

/ˈstatə(ʊ)blast/