<zoology> An order of tailless amphibians having a slender, wormlike body with regular annulations, and usually with minute scales imbedded in the skin. The limbs are rudimentary or wanting. It includes the caecilians.

Synonyms: Gymnophiona and Ophidobatrachia.

Origin: NL. See Ophiomorphous.

(01 Mar 1998)

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