Pronunciation: (klī-tel'um), [key]
—pl. -tel•laPronunciation: (-tel'u). [key]
a ring or saddle-shaped region of glandular tissue in the body wall of certain annelids, as earthworms and some leeches, that after copulation secretes a cocoon in which the eggs and sperm are deposited for fertilization and development.
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