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former name for a phylum of marine invertebrates now assigned to the phylum cnidaria.
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One of the major phyla of invertebrates, to which such forms as jellyfish belong.
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One of the major phyla of invertebrates, to which forms such as jellyfish belong.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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.
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