- (of bacteria) having a uniform distribution of flagella over the body surface.
- (of certain protozoans) having cilia arranged spirally around the mouth.
Origin of peritrichous
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for peritrichous
Historical Examples of peritrichous
Sporogenous rodlets, drumstick-shaped:—Plectridium (Fischer), motile (peritrichous).
- Of, relating to, or having cilia or other appendicular organs projecting from the periphery of a cell.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.