1The segmented part of the body of a tapeworm that consists of a long chain of proglottids.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The youngest portion of the strobila is just behind the neck, while the oldest portion is at the posterior end of the body.’
2A stack of immature larval jellyfish formed on a sessile polyplike form by sequential 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’.
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