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nauplius definition

  • noun:
    • The free-swimming first stage associated with the larva of certain crustaceans, having an unsegmented human anatomy with three sets of appendages and a single median eye.
    • A crustacean larva having three pairs of locomotive body organs (equivalent towards antennules, antennae, and mandibles), a median eye, and little or no segmentation regarding the human anatomy.
    • A crustacean larva having three pairs of locomotive organs (corresponding to the antennules, antennæ, and mandibles), a median eye, and little or no segmentation of the body.
    • A spurious genus of crustaceans known as by O. F. Müller in 1785.
    • A stage of development of reasonable crustaceans, as cirripeds and entomostracans, where the larva has three pairs of legs, one median eye, and an unsegmented human body. Numerous crustaceans hatch as nauplii. See cuts under Cirripedia.
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