any of a phylum (Mesozoa) of small, multicellular, wormlike organisms characterized by a very simple, ciliated body with only a mouth, body cavity, and anus: it is a parasite in various marine invertebrates
Origin of mesozoan; from Modern Latin Mesozoa (see meso- and amp; -zoa) + -an: so named from being intermediate in structure between Protozoa and amp; Metazoa
Any of various small wormlike animals that are parasites of marine invertebrates and have an inner layer of one or more cells surrounded by an outer layer of ciliated cells.
Origin of mesozoanFrom New Latin Mesoz&omacron;a, former phylum name : meso– (because the animals were considered to be intermediate between the protozoans and the metazoans in structure) + -z&omacron;a, pl. of -z&omacron;on, animal; see –zoon.