Hydrozoa(redirected from Hydroid polyps)
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Related to Hydroid polyps: Scyphozoa, Anthomedusae, Siphonophorae
A class of coelenterates or jellyfish, including Hydra, a freshwater polyp, Physalia, the "Portuguese man-of-war," Millepora, a stinging coral, and the sea wasps, Chironex heckeri and Chiropsalmus quadrigatus, the stings of which can cause severe wheals, pain, skin necrosis, and occasionally, rapid death from respiratory and cardiac depression.
[hydro- + G. zōon, animal]
the class of aquatic jellyfishes to which the Portuguese-man-of-war belongs.