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peritricha

pl n singular peritrich (ˈpɛrɪˌtrɪk)
  1. ciliate protozoans, of the order Peritrichida, in which the cilia are restricted to a spiral around the mouth
  2. bacteria having the entire cell surface covered with flagella
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Derived Formsperitrichous, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from peri- + Greek thrix hair
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