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hectocotylization

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The process or result of being hectocotylized; the state, quality, or condition of a hectocotylus: applied both to the modification of the arm of the male cephalopod, which converts it into a reproductive organ, and to the fertilization of the female by this means. Also spelled hectocotylisation.

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Examples

  • What is now spoken of as the _hectocotylization_ of one or more of the arms of the male cephalopod did not escape Aristotle's eye.

    Fathers of Biology

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