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Pronunciation: (pol'ip), [key]
n.
1. Zool.
a. a sedentary type of animal form characterized by a more or less fixed base, columnar body, and free end with mouth and tentacles, esp. as applied to coelenterates.
b. an individual zooid of a compound or colonial organism.
2. Pathol.a projecting growth from a mucous surface, as of the nose, being either a tumor or a hypertrophy of the mucous membrane.

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