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Medusae, the young of many forms of Hydrozoa (q.v.). They are bell-shaped organisms consisting of a hemispherical fleshy disc, from the centre of which hangs a soft tube, and the mouth opens at the free end of this, and leads to a large cavity, the atrium, from which radiate a number of gastric canals.