Definition of Polyp

1. Noun. A small vascular growth on the surface of a mucous membrane.

Exact synonyms: Polypus
Generic synonyms: Growth
Specialized synonyms: Adenomatous Polyp, Sessile Polyp, Pedunculated Polyp



2. Noun. One of two forms that coelenterates take (e.g. a hydra or coral): usually sedentary with a hollow cylindrical body usually with a ring of tentacles around the mouth. "In some species of coelenterate, polyps are a phase in the life cycle that alternates with a medusoid phase"

Definition of Polyp

1. n. One of the feeding or nutritive zooids of a hydroid or coral.

Definition of Polyp

1. Noun. (medicine) an abnormal growth protruding from a mucous membrane ¹

2. Noun. (biology) a cylindrical coelenterate, such as the hydra, having a mouth surrounded with tentacles ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Polyp

1. an invertebrate [n -S] - See also: invertebrate

Medical Definition of Polyp

1. 1. Growth, usually benign, protruding from a mucous membrane. 2. The sessile stage of the Cnidarian life cycle, the cylindrical body is attached to the substratum at its lower end and has a mouth surrounded by tentacles bearing nematocysts at the upper end, Hydra and the feeding polyps of the colonial Obelia are examples. (14 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Polyp

polyoxin
polyoxins
polyoxometalate
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polyoxometallate
polyoxometallates
polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride
polyoxyethylene
polyoxyethylene-superoxide dismutase
polyoxyethylenes
polyoxygenated
polyoxyl 40 stearate
polyoxymethylene
polyoxymethylenes
polyp (current term)
polypapilloma
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Literary usage of Polyp

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. College zoology by Robert William Hegner (1918)
"86) is a coral polyp inhabiting the waters of our North Atlantic coast. ... Each polyp ks like a small sea-anemone, being cylindrical in shape and ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"In the polyp the nervous tissue и always in the form of a scat terca plexus, ... The endoderm of the polyp is typically a flagellated epithelium of large ..."

3. Medical Gynecology by Howard Atwood Kelly (1912)
"The diagnosis is easily made when the polyp can be seen hanging into the vagina ... The stroma, especially near the tip of the polyp, often shows hemorrhage ..."

4. Diseases of the Ear by Philip D. Kerrison (1921)
"Aural polyp. the tube naturally ceases, and the tympanum is no longer subjected to this source of reinfection. III. Aural polypi and Granulations (Fig. ..."

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