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  1. the class comprising the ciliate protozoans, considered as belonging in the kingdom Animalia.
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Origin of Ciliata

From New Latin; see origin at ciliate
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Examples from the Web for ciliata

Historical Examples

  • Grantia ciliata, a small urn-shaped species, having a large aperture at the summit, is found in tide-pools.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • The ciliata propagate, as a rule, in large numbers by repeated division (by indirect cell-cleavage).

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • A large Cyanea differs from the European C. ciliata, in the form of the stomach.

  • Lysimachia ciliata (hairy-stalked loosestrife), very common, Chesuncook shore and East Branch.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau

  • We find the highest development of the animal cell-soul in the class of ciliata, or ciliated infusoria.

ciliata in Medicine


  1. A class of protozoans whose members bear cilia or structures derived from them.
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