One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘The strobila is made up of anywhere from a few to more than one thousand proglottids but usually contains several dozen.’
- ‘Worms, recovered by chemotherapy with niclosamide, consisted of 32 strobilae.’
2A stack of immature larval jellyfish formed on a sessile polyplike form by sequential budding.
- ‘This slide shows the late strobila stage of the jellyfish Aurelia.’
- ‘The strobila may look like a stack of saucers, the saucers being the immature medusae called ephyrae.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek strobilē ‘twisted plug of lint’, from strephein ‘to twist’.
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