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[verb flaj-uh-leyt; adjective, noun flaj-uh-lit, -leyt]
verb (used with object), flag·el·lat·ed, flag·el·lat·ing.
  1. to whip; scourge; flog; lash.
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  1. Also flag·el·lat·ed. Biology. having flagella.
  2. Botany. producing filiform runners or runnerlike branches, as the strawberry.
  3. pertaining to or caused by flagellates.
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  1. any protozoan of the phylum (or class) Mastigophora, having one or more flagella.
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Origin of flagellate

1615–25; < Latin flagellātus, past participle of flagellāre to whip. See flagellum, -ate1
Related formsflag·el·la·tor, nounflag·el·la·to·ry [flaj-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈflædʒ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivemul·ti·flag·el·late, adjectivemul·ti·flag·el·lat·ed, adjectivenon·flag·el·late, adjectivenon·flag·el·lat·ed, adjectivepre·flag·el·late, adjectivepre·flag·el·lat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for flagellated

Historical Examples

  • Why, such men as that English duke whom the lecturer gripped and flagellated.


    George Gissing

  • The parasite at this stage is known as the "flagellated body."

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • We now understand why the flagellated body is developed outside the human host: because its function lies outside the human host.

  • At last the flagellated beauty allows herself to be touched by the charm attendant on his thumps.

  • He flagellated himself for eighty and nine years, every day and night of which was a battle with the visions.

British Dictionary definitions for flagellated


verb (ˈflædʒɪˌleɪt)
  1. (tr) to whip; scourge; flog
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adjective (ˈflædʒɪlɪt, -ˌleɪt) flagellated
  1. possessing one or more flagella
  2. resembling a flagellum; whiplike
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noun (ˈflædʒɪlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
  1. a flagellate organism, esp any protozoan of the phylum Zoomastigina
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Derived Formsflagellation, noun
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Word Origin and History for flagellated



1620s, from Latin flagellatus, past participle of flagellare "to scourge, lash" (see flagellum). Related: Flagellated; flagellating. An earlier verb for this was flagellen (mid-15c.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

flagellated in Medicine


  1. Having a flagellum or flagella.
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(flăjə-lĭt, -lāt′, flə-jĕlĭt)
  1. Flagellated.
  2. Relating to or caused by a flagellate organism.
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  1. A member of the class Mastigophora, comprising organisms having a flagellum.
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flagellated in Science


  1. Any of various protozoans of the subphylum Mastigophora that move by means of one or more flagella. Some flagellates can make food by photosynthesis (such as euglenas and volvox), and are often classified as green algae by botanists. Others are symbiotic or parasitic (such as trypanosomes). Flagellates are related to amoebas. Also called mastigophoran
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