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See also: zoönite


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zoon +‎ -ite


zoonite (plural zoonites)

  1. (zoology, archaic) One of the segments of the body of an articulated animal, sometimes regarded as a distinct organism.
    • 1843, The Medical Times, volume 7, page 183:
      An organite is always dependent, its life is always subordinate to that of the individual of which it forms a part; a zoonite is always independent, it has a life peculiar to itself.
    • 1891, Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society, page 195:
      When there is budding the somite which proliferates is the pre-anal in Myrianida and certain species of Autolytus; the anal segment is, from the first, too differentiated to take part in the formation of new zoonites.