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former name for a phylum of marine invertebrates now assigned to the phylum cnidaria.
One of the major phyla of invertebrates, to which such forms as jellyfish belong.
Coelenterata/Coe·len·ter·a·ta/ (se-len″ter-a´tah) former name for a phylum of invertebrates that included the hydras, jellyfish, sea anemones, and corals, which are now assigned to the phylum Cnidaria.
One of the major phyla of invertebrates, to which forms such as jellyfish belong.
coelenterataJellyfish, corals, hydroids and sea anemones, some of which can cause painful stings. The sting of the jellyfish Chironex fleckeri is sometimes fatal. Coelenterate toxins can cause damage to the blood cells, the heart and the skin.
a phylum of invertebrates including the hydras, jellyfish, sea anemones and corals. The most modern nomenclature is cnidaria.