Plan"u*la (?), n.; pl. Planulae (#). [L., a little plane.]

1. Biol.

In embryonic development, a vesicle filled with fluid, formed from the morula by the divergence of its cells in such a manner as to give rise to a central space, around which the cells arrange themselves as an envelope; an embryonic form intermediate between the morula and gastrula. Sometimes used as synonymous with gastrula.

<-- now usu. gastrula -->

2. Zool.

The very young, free-swimming larva of the celenterates. It usually has a flattened oval or oblong form, and is entirely covered with cilia.

 

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