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peritrichous

[puh-ri-tri-kuh s]
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adjective
  1. (of bacteria) having a uniform distribution of flagella over the body surface.
  2. (of certain protozoans) having cilia arranged spirally around the mouth.
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Origin of peritrichous

1875–80; peri- + -trichous < Greek -trichos -haired; see -tricha, -ous
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Historical Examples

  • Sporogenous rodlets, drumstick-shaped:—Plectridium (Fischer), motile (peritrichous).

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2

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peritrichous in Medicine

peritrichous

(pə-rĭtrĭ-kəs)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or having cilia or other appendicular organs projecting from the periphery of a cell.
  2. Peritrichal.
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