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ciliate

[ sil-ee-it, -eyt ]
/ 藞s瑟l i 瑟t, -藢e瑟t /
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noun
Also called cil路i路oph路o路ran [sil-ee-of-er-uhn]. /藢s瑟l i藞蓲f 蓹r 蓹n/. 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.
adjective
Also cil路i路at路ed [sil-ee-ey-tid]. /藞s瑟l i藢e瑟 t瑟d/. having cilia.
belonging or pertaining to the phylum Ciliophora.
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Origin of ciliate

1785鈥95; <New Latin cili膩tus, equivalent to cili(a) cilia + -膩tus-ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for ciliate

ciliate
/ (藞s瑟l瑟瑟t, -e瑟t) /

adjective
Also: ciliated possessing or relating to ciliaa ciliate epithelium
of or relating to protozoans of the phylum Ciliophora, which have an outer layer of cilia
noun
a protozoan of the phylum Ciliophora

Derived forms of ciliate

ciliation, noun
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Medical definitions for ciliate

ciliate
[ s沫l膿-沫t, -膩t鈥 ]

n.
Any of various protozoans of the class Ciliata.
adj.
Ciliated.
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