Sto"lon (?), n. [L. stolo, -onis: cf. F. stolon. Cf. Stole a stolon, 1st Stool.]

1. Bot.

A trailing branch which is disposed to take root at the end or at the joints; a stole.

2. Zool.

An extension of the integument of the body, or of the body wall, from which buds are developed, giving rise to new zooids, and thus forming a compound animal in which the zooids usually remain united by the stolons. Such stolons are often present in Anthozoa, Hydroidea, Bryozoa, and social ascidians. See Illust. under Scyphistoma.


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