- a comparatively independent animal organism produced by other than sexual methods, as by fission, gemmation, etc.
- any of the individual members of a colonial or compound animal: used esp. of hydroids, corals, or bryozoans
Origin of zooidzo(o)- + -oid
One of the distinct individuals of a colonial invertebrate animal, such as a bryozoan, that arise asexually by budding.
- (biology) An organic body or cell having locomotion, as a spermatic cell or spermatozoid.
- (zoology) An animal in one of its inferior or early stages of development, as one of the intermediate forms in alternate generation.
- (zoology) One of the individual animals in a composite group, as of Anthozoa, Hydrozoa, and Bryozoa; — sometimes restricted to those individuals in which the mouth and digestive organs are not developed.
(comparative more zooid, superlative most zooid)
- (biology) Relating to, or resembling, an animal.