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[verb flaj-uh-leyt; adjective, noun flaj-uh-lit, -leyt] /verb ˈflædʒ əˌleɪt; adjective, noun ˈflædʒ ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), flagellated, flagellating.
to whip; scourge; flog; lash.
Also, flagellated. Biology. having flagella.
Botany. producing filiform runners or runnerlike branches, as the strawberry.
pertaining to or caused by flagellates.
any protozoan of the phylum (or class) Mastigophora, having one or more flagella.
Origin of flagellate
1615-25; < Latin flagellātus, past participle of flagellāre to whip. See flagellum, -ate1
Related forms
flagellator, noun
[flaj-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈflædʒ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
multiflagellate, adjective
multiflagellated, adjective
nonflagellate, adjective
nonflagellated, adjective
preflagellate, adjective
preflagellated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for flagellated
Historical Examples
  • Why, such men as that English duke whom the lecturer gripped and flagellated.

    Demos George Gissing
  • The parasite at this stage is known as the "flagellated body."

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • We now understand why the flagellated body is developed outside the human host: because its function lies outside the human host.

  • At last the flagellated beauty allows herself to be touched by the charm attendant on his thumps.

  • He flagellated himself for eighty and nine years, every day and night of which was a battle with the visions.

  • flagellated epithelium is especially found in the cnidaria and platodes; ciliated epithelium mostly in the vermalia and mollusca.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • The flagellated boy, transformed into a tolerably lusty youth, found himself face to face with his quondam tormenter.

    Ryerson Memorial Volume J. George Hodgins
  • Her conscience had flagellated her as the immediate cause of his illness, and she strove by every act of devotion to make amends.

    The Californians

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • flagellated forms are not seen until ten to twenty minutes after the blood has left the vessels.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
  • With Antony they flagellated, with Carrara defended walls, with Gattemelata knocked them down.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for flagellated


verb (ˈflædʒɪˌleɪt)
(transitive) to whip; scourge; flog
adjective (ˈflædʒɪlɪt; -ˌleɪt)
possessing one or more flagella
resembling a flagellum; whiplike
noun (ˈflædʒɪlɪt; -ˌleɪt)
a flagellate organism, esp any protozoan of the phylum Zoomastigina
Derived Forms
flagellation, noun
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Word Origin and History for flagellated



1620s, from Latin flagellatus, past participle of flagellare "to scourge, lash" (see flagellum). Related: Flagellated; flagellating. An earlier verb for this was flagellen (mid-15c.).

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flagellated in Medicine

flagellated flag·el·lat·ed (flāj'ə-lā'tĭd)
Having a flagellum or flagella.

flagellate flag·el·late (flāj'ə-lĭt, -lāt', flə-jěl'ĭt)

  1. Flagellated.

  2. Relating to or caused by a flagellate organism.

A member of the class Mastigophora, comprising organisms having a flagellum.
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flagellated in Science
Any of various protozoans of the subphylum Mastigophora that move by means of one or more flagella. Some flagellates can make food by photosynthesis (such as euglenas and volvox), and are often classified as green algae by botanists. Others are symbiotic or parasitic (such as trypanosomes). Flagellates are related to amoebas. Also called mastigophoran.
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