Definition of strobila in US English:



  • 1The segmented part of the body of a tapeworm that consists of a long chain of proglottids.

    • ‘The youngest portion of the strobila is just behind the neck, while the oldest portion is at the posterior end of the body.’
    • ‘Worms, recovered by chemotherapy with niclosamide, consisted of 32 strobilae.’
    • ‘The strobila is made up of anywhere from a few to more than one thousand proglottids but usually contains several dozen.’
  • 2A stack of immature larval jellyfish formed on a sessile polyp-like form by budding.

    • ‘The strobila may look like a stack of saucers, the saucers being the immature medusae called ephyrae.’
    • ‘This slide shows the late strobila stage of the jellyfish Aurelia.’


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek strobilē ‘twisted plug of lint’, from strephein ‘to twist’.