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  • n. A contractile structure found in some eukaryotic single-celled organisms, particularly Vorticella, consisting of a series of protein filaments that shorten rapidly on exposure to calcium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as myonema.


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  • A contractile fiber known as a myoneme is contained within the stalk, causing it to coil up like a spring when it is stimulated or disturbed. are filter feeders that consume microscopic particles from surrounding water, though a few species are predatory.


  • The stalk contains a contractile fibril called a myoneme that causes it to coil like a spring when stimulated.



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