Mollusca



[muh-luhs-kuh] /məˈlʌs kə/

noun
1.
the phylum comprising the mollusks.
[muh-luhs-kuh m] /məˈlʌs kəm/
noun, plural mollusca
[muh-luhs-kuh] /məˈlʌs kə/ (Show IPA). Pathology.
1.
any of various skin conditions characterized by soft, rounded tumors.
n.

1797, from Modern Latin mollusca, chosen by Linnaeus as the name of an invertebrate order (1758), from neuter plural of Latin molluscus “thin-shelled,” from mollis “soft” (see melt (v.)). Linnæus applied the word to a heterogeneous group of invertebrates, not originally including mollusks with shells; the modern scientific use is after a classification proposed 1790s by French naturalist Georges Léopole Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron Cuvier (1769-1832).

molluscum mol·lus·cum (mə-lŭs’kəm)
n. pl. mol·lus·ca (-kə)
Any of various skin diseases marked by the occurrence of soft spherical tumors on the face or the body.

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