Definition of Tardigrada

1. Noun. In some classifications considered a separate phylum: microscopic arachnid-like invertebrates living in water or damp moss having 4 pairs of legs and instead of a mouth a pair of stylets or needlelike piercing organs connected with the pharynx.

Exact synonyms: Class Tardigrada
Group relationships: Arthropoda, Phylum Arthropoda
Member holonyms: Tardigrade
Generic synonyms: Class



Definition of Tardigrada

1. n. pl. A tribe of edentates comprising the sloths. They are noted for the slowness of their movements when on the ground. See Sloth, 3.

Medical Definition of Tardigrada

1. 1. A tribe of edentates comprising the sloths. They are noted for the slowness of their movements when on the ground. See Sloth. 2. An order of minute aquatic arachnids. Synonym: bear animalcules, sloth animalcules, and water bears. Origin: NL. See Tardigrade. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tardigrada

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tarbushes
tarcel
tarcels
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tardation
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tardiest
tardigrada (current term)
tardigrade
tardigrades
tardigradous
tardily
tardiness
tardinesses
tardity
tardive
tardive cyanosis
tardive dyskinesia
tardive dyskinesias
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Literary usage of Tardigrada

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1. Text-book of the Embryology of Invertebrates by Eugen Korschelt, Karl Heider, Edward Laurens Mark, William McMichael Woodworth, Matilda Bernard, Martin Fountain Woodward (1899)
"The accounts of the ontogeny of the tardigrada are unfortunately so scanty that we can hardly gain anything from them applicable to the whole group. ..."

2. An Introduction to Entomology by John Henry Comstock (1920)
"CLASS tardigrada The Tardigrades cr Bear Animalcules The members of this class ... The tardigrada or tardigrades are microscopic animals, measuring from one ..."

3. A Student's Text-book of Zoology by Adam Sedgwick, Joseph Jackson Lister, Arthur Everett Shipley (1909)
"We have placed the tardigrada and the Pentastomida in appendices to the group Arachnida because they show distinct Arthropod characters and their affinities ..."

4. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"FUNGOUS GARDENS IN THE NESTS OF AN ANT (ATTA tardigrada BUCKL.), NEAR WASHINGTON, DC By WALTER T. SWINGLE, Washington, DC [ABSTRACT. ..."

5. The Microscope and Its Revelations by William Benjamin Carpenter (1883)
"... to which the name of tardigrada has been given, on account of the slowness of their creeping movement. It seems now clear, however, that they have no ..."

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