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Mastigophora

[mas-ti-gof-er-uh]
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noun
  1. a phylum of protozoans comprising nonphotosynthetic, chiefly free-living flagellates: some species are important pathogens of humans and other animals.

Origin of Mastigophora

< New Latin (neuter plural) < Greek mastīgophóros whip-bearing, equivalent to mastīg-, stem of mástix whip + -o- -o- + -phoros -phore. See mastigium, -phorous
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Historical Examples

  • The Mastigophora are frequently termed Flagellata or Flagellates.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 7

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  • This genus is exceptional among Mastigophora in that division is transverse instead of longitudinal.