Definition of Bryozoa in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbrīəˈzōə/ /ˌbraɪəˈzoʊə/

plural noun

  • A phylum of sedentary aquatic invertebrates that comprises the moss animals.

    • ‘This pattern is typical of most Porifera, Cnidaria, Bryozoa with coronate larvae, colonial Ascidiacea and many polychaetes.’
    • ‘They are lophophorates, and so are related to the Bryozoa and Phoronida.’
    • ‘It is important to note here a major difference in morphology affecting regeneration in cheilostomes and cyclostome Bryozoa, such as those described by Ostrovsky.’
    • ‘It should be noted that ‘deuterostomy’ (the anus developmentally proceeding the mouth) is not unique to Deuterostomia, but is also found in Bryozoa, Brachiozoa and Chaetognatha.’
    • ‘An intermediate approach was developed to describe colonial forms of Bryozoa generated through iteration of second-order modular units.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek bruon ‘moss’ + zōia ‘animals’.



/ˌbrīəˈzōə/ /ˌbraɪəˈzoʊə/