n. [Gr. choane, funnel; kytos, container]
A flagellate cell crowned by a collar of cytoplasmic tentacles that generates currents of water; a collar cell.

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  • choanocyte — cho a*no*cyte (k[=o] [.a]*n[ o]*s[imac]t ; k[=o]*[a^]n [ o]*s[imac]t ), n. [Gr. choa nh funnel + cyte.] any of the flagellated cells in sponges having a collar of cytoplasm around base of the flagellum; they maintain a flow of water through the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • choanocyte — ● choanocyte nom masculin (grec khoanos, entonnoir) Cellule animale propre aux spongiaires et à certains protistes, et qui porte un flagelle entouré à sa base d une collerette. (Les choanocytes assurent la circulation de l eau, la capture des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Choanocyte — Les choanocytes sont des cellules endodermiques caractéristiques des éponges. De structure fine, cette cellule est dotée d une collerette et d un fouet (ou un flagelle) permettant de ramener des aliments. En outre elle est pourvue d un noyau et… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • choanocyte — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary choan funnel shaped (from Greek choanē funnel) + cyte Date: 1888 collar cell …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Choanocyte — Choanocytes (also known as collar cells ) are cells that line the interior of Asconoid, syconoid and leuconoid body type sponges that contain a central flagellum surrounded by a collar of microvilli which are connected by a thin membrane. It is… …   Wikipedia

  • choanocyte — choanocytal, adj. /koh euh neuh suyt , koh an euh /, n. Zool. one of the flagellated cells lining the inner cavity of a sponge, having a collar of protoplasm encircling the base of the flagellum. Also called collar cell. [1885 90; < Gk choán(e)… …   Universalium

  • choanocyte — noun any of the cells in sponges that contain a flagellum, and are used to control the movement of water …   Wiktionary

  • choanocyte — cho·a·no·cyte …   English syllables

  • choanocyte — noun any of the flagellated cells in sponges having a collar of cytoplasm around the flagellum; they maintain a flow of water through the body • Syn: ↑collar cell • Hypernyms: ↑flagellated cell …   Useful english dictionary

  • choanocyte chamber — (PORIFERA) A cavity enclosed by a group of choanocytes …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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