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  1. Also called cil·i·oph·o·ran [sil-ee-of-er-uh n] /ˌsɪl iˈɒf ər ən/. any protozoan of the phylum Ciliophora (or in some classification schemes, class Ciliata), as those of the genera Paramecium, Tetrahymena, Stentor, and Vorticella, having cilia on part or all of the surface.
  1. Also cil·i·at·ed [sil-ee-ey-tid] /ˈsɪl iˌeɪ tɪd/. having cilia.
  2. belonging or pertaining to the phylum Ciliophora.

Origin of ciliate

1785–95; < New Latin ciliātus, equivalent to cili(a) cilia + -ātus -ate1
Related formscil·i·ate·ly, adverbcil·i·a·tion, nounmul·ti·cil·i·ate, adjectivemul·ti·cil·i·at·ed, adjectivenon·cil·i·ate, adjectivenon·cil·i·at·ed, adjectiveun·cil·i·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for ciliate


  1. Also: ciliated possessing or relating to ciliaa ciliate epithelium
  2. of or relating to protozoans of the phylum Ciliophora, which have an outer layer of cilia
  1. a protozoan of the phylum Ciliophora
Derived Formsciliation, noun
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ciliate in Medicine


[sĭlē-ĭt, -āt′]
  1. Any of various protozoans of the class Ciliata.
  1. Ciliated.
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