Definition of Copepoda
1. Noun. Minute planktonic or parasitic crustaceans.
Group relationships: Class Crustacea, Crustacea
Member holonyms: Copepod, Copepod Crustacean, Genus Cyclops, Branchiura, Order Branchiura
Generic synonyms: Class
Definition of Copepoda
1. n. pl. An order of Entomostraca, including many minute Crustacea, both fresh-water and marine.
Medical Definition of Copepoda
1. An order of abundant, free-living, freshwater and marine crustaceans of basic importance in the aquatic food chain in both the marine and freshwater environments; some species are commonly called water fleas. Some are ectoparasites of both cold-blooded and warm-blooded aquatic vertebrates; the parasitic copepods of fish and whales are often highly modified for deep penetration of the skin or for adherence by suckers and hooks (e.g., the fish lice, Argulus). Certain copepods (Cyclops, Diaptomus) are important as intermediate hosts of the tapeworm Diphyllobothrium latum and of the nematode Dracunculus medinensis. Origin: G. Kope, an oar, + pous (pod-), a foot (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Copepoda
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Fresh-water Biology by Henry Baldwin Ward, George Chandler Whipple (1918)
"CHAPTER XXm copepoda BY C. DWIGHT MARSH United Stales Department of Agriculture OF all animals encountered in fresh water, perhaps none are more likely to ..."
2. Text-book of the Embryology of Invertebrates by Eúgen Korschelt, Karl Heider, Edward Laurens Mark, William McMichael Woodworth, Matilda Bernard, Martin Fountain Woodward (1899)
"A. copepoda. Among all the Crustacea, so far as our present knowledge of their ontogeny enables us to judge, the copepoda most closely resemble the Annelida ..."
3. A Treatise on Comparative Embryology by Francis Maitland Balfour (1885)
"The peculiar parasite Argulus, the affinities of which with the copepoda have been ... The first pair of thoracic feet, as is usual amongst copepoda, ..."
4. The Climate of Canada and Its Relations to Life and Health by William Hales Hingston (1884)
"IN preparing this monograph it was not part of my plan to enter at all into the consideration of the physiology or internal anatomy of the copepoda, but, ..."
5. An Introduction to the Study of Fossils (plants and Animals) by Hervey Woodburn Shimer (1914)
"SUB-CLASS 4, copepoda Body elongate, segmented, covered with a carapace; thorax usually with four or five pairs of biramous feet; abdomen free from ..."