A common freshwater crustacean. Some species of Cyclops serve as hosts for parasites such as the guinea worm, the cause of dracunculiasis (guinea worm disease). The Cyclops were one-eyed giants of Greek mythology, a mythical race of lawless giant shepherds who lived in Sicily. They had a single large round eye in the center of the forehead. The word "cyclops" itself comes from the Greek "kyklos" (circle) + "ops" (eye). Cyclopia is a congenital malformation (birth defect) in which there is only one eye located just above the customary location of the nose.
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An individual with cyclopia. SYN: monoculus (1), monophthalmus, monops. [see cyclopia]
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cyclically ordered phase sequence; Cyclophosphamide in Systemic Vasculitis

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cy·clops 'sī-.kläps n
1) pl cy·clo·pes sī-'klō-(.)pēz an individual or fetus abnormal in having a single eye or the usual two orbits fused
2) cap a genus of minute free-swimming copepods that have a large median eye, a pear-shaped body tapering posteriorly, and long antennules used in swimming, that are widely distributed and abundant in fresh waters, that are important elements in certain aquatic food chains, and that directly affect humans as intermediate hosts of certain parasitic worms see GUINEA WORM
3) pl cyclops a copepod water flea of the genus Cyclops

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Cy·clops (siґklops) a genus of minute crustaceans, species of which are hosts to Dracunculus and Diphyllobothrium.

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  • Cyclops — Cyclops …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cyclops — ► NOUN 1) (pl. Cyclops, Cyclopses, or Cyclopes) Greek Mythology a member of a race of savage one eyed giants. 2) (cyclops) a minute freshwater crustacean which has a cylindrical body with a single central eye. ORIGIN from Greek Kukl …   English terms dictionary

  • Cyclops — Cy clops (s? kl?ps), n. sing. & pl. [L. Cyclops, Gr. Ky klwps (strictly round eyed), pl. Ky klwpes; ky klos circle + w ps eye.] 1. (Gr. Myth.) One of a race of giants, sons of Neptune and Amphitrite, having but one eye, and that in the middle of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cyclops — (Hüpferling), s. Ruderfüßer …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Cyclops —   [griechisch], Gattung der Ruderfußkrebse …   Universal-Lexikon

  • cyclops — (pl. cyclopes), 1510s, from Latin, from Gk. kyklops, lit. round eyed, from stem of kyklos (see CYCLE (Cf. cycle) (n.)) + ops (see EYE (Cf. eye) (n.)). One of a race of one eyed giants who forged thunderbolts for Zeus, built the walls of Mycenae,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Cyclops — a mythological one eyed giant, is pronounced siy klops, and its plural is Cyclopes, pronounced siy kloh peez …   Modern English usage

  • Cyclops — [sī′kläps΄] n. pl. Cyclopes [sī klō′pēz΄] [L < Gr Kyklōps, lit., round eyed < kyklos (see WHEEL) + ōps, EYE] Gr. Myth. any of a race of giants who have only one eye, in the middle of the forehead …   English World dictionary

  • Cyclops — Cyclops …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cyclops — Polyphemus, by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, 1802 (Landesmuseum Oldenburg) This article is about the mythical creature. For other uses, see Cyclops (disambiguation). A cyclops ( …   Wikipedia

  • Cyclops — Hüpferlinge Hüpferling (Cyclops) Systematik Klasse: Maxillopoda Unterklasse …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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