acoelomate


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acoelomate

 [a-se´lah-māt]
1. without a coelom or body cavity.
2. an acoelomate animal.

acoelomate

/acoe·lom·ate/ (a-se´lah-māt) without a coelom or body cavity; an animal lacking a body cavity.

acoelomate

(ə-sē′lə-māt′)
n.
An animal that lacks a coelom. Acoelomates, which include flatworms and tapeworms, exhibit bilateral symmetry and have no body cavity between the gut and the epidermis.

a·coe′lo·mate (-lə-mĭt) adj.

acoelomate

lacking a COELOM, the true body cavity. This occurs in some invertebrate groups such as coelenterates, platyhelminths, nemertines and nematodes.